The fax/email that was sent to Fox News by Collins and Reid:

March 9, 2007

Marty Ryan
Executive Producer
Fox News Political Programs
xxx-xxx-xxxx (fax)
400 N Capitol Street NW, Suite 550
Washington DC 20001


Dear Marty,

A month ago, the Nevada Democratic Party entered into a good faith agreement with FOX News to co-sponsor a presidential debate in August. This was done because the Nevada Democratic Party is reaching out to new voters and we strongly believe that a Democrat will not win Nevada unless we find new ways to talk to new people.

To say the least, this was not a popular decision. But it is one that the Democratic Party stood by. However, comments made last night by FOX News President Roger Ailes in reference to one of our presidential candidates went too far. We cannot, as good Democrats, put our party in a position to defend such comments.

In light of his comments, we have concluded that it is not possible to hold a Presidential debate that will focus on our candidates and are therefore canceling our August debate. We take no pleasure in this, but it is the only course of action.


Tom Collins
Chairman, Nevada State Democratic Party

Harry Reid
U.S. Senator (D-NV)

Personally, I'd make a terrible spokesman, because if it were up to me, I'd make it a point in every fax to use the phrase "and the horse you rode in on" at least once. Actually, I'd probably just have a little rubber stamp made that said that. But the above fax is pretty good as far as such things go.

How ironic is it that Roger Ailes' personal little Ann Coulter "funny conservative" routine provided the final nail in that coffin?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 06:57 PM PST.

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