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You think the Democratic Party meddles in primaries? Schumer and Emmanuel wish they could be as brazen as the Republicans in their meddling.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) accuses RI Sen candidate Steve Laffey of improperly using Cranston, RI government resources to "pay for campaign propaganda."

According to the NRSC, when Cranston mailed residents their tax bills in June, a "patently" political letter from Laffey was attached.

"The letter closed with the Mayor's signature and the slogan "As always, fighting for you" - a similar slogan to the one that appears in numerous Laffey campaign materials including a sign outside his campaign headquarters."

The complaint notes the ensuing media firestorm.

Laffey's spokesperson, Nachama Soloveichik , responds: " It is no surprise that Linc Chafee and his political bosses down in Washington are in such disarray that they have nothing better to do than to jump into bed with the Democratic Party hacks on the Cranston City Council with this ridiculous and frivolous complaint."

Funny how the Club for Growth isn't getting the sort of attention progressive bloggers are for engaging in democracy and challenging incumbent Republicans.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 03:37 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Hacks??? (0+ / 0-)

    We should send them some of our consultants, Hacks indeed!

    "I said, 'wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man.'" Robbie Robertson -8.13, -4.56

    by NearlyNormal on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 03:36:18 PM PDT

  •  this is a duplicate diary, please delete (0+ / 0-)

    I think it's going to be really funny when the primary is over, and either Republican has to change gears quickly. Laffey has absolutely no chance - and Chafee is going to have trouble no matter what.

  •  Sure,... (0+ / 0-)

    ...drag Democrats into this.  That doesn't change.

    Fear will keep the local systems in line. -Grand Moff Tarkin Survivor Left Blogistan

    by boran2 on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 03:42:27 PM PDT

  •  What hypocrites (0+ / 0-)

    I seem to remember that my "Hooray! Your Taxes Are being Cut" letter from the Treasury Department had George Bush's picture all over it.  That was a political mailing from a supposedly non-partisan government agency.

  •  Improperly using government resources??? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SecondComing, Wary

    May we then expect the RNC to return to the taxpayers all the billions we've spent ferrying Bush and Cheney and every other government official around the country on their inevitably partisan propagandistic purposes?

    I know when George Bush came to Albuquerque recently, his only business was to attend a fund-raiser for Heather Wilson.  How is that official government business?

    -4.50, -5.85 In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. --Orwell

    by Dallasdoc on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 03:45:59 PM PDT

  •  NRSC running scared... (0+ / 0-)

    They know there's no way on Dog's green earth Laffey will beat Whitehouse.

    This is more fun than I've had in years...

  •  The Club for Growth... (0+ / 0-)

    ...has gotten plenty of attention over the past several election cycles, largely as a fringe group that is trying to impose extremist candidates onto the party.

    I don't think the Lamont campaign is an equivalent, because Lamont isn't even that liberal.  His positions are barely distinguishable from Lieberman's.

  •  Good Lord (1+ / 0-)
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    MTgirl

    You would think that Lincoln Chafee was... um... well... somebody else in the Republican party. Sheesh.

    Wouldn't it be just awesome if "Linc", all of a sudden declaring that he is 'world-weary' from how 'nasty' and 'divisive' national Senatorial politics has become, just ups and quits the race right before GOP ticket D-Day leaving them all in the lurch?

    Its just about the only thing that hasn't gone wrong for LaLa Dole and her merry band of fuck-ups.

    I know it won't happen, but if it did, I would love to be a fly on the wall in Liddy Dole's office the second the news hits the wire services that she is now stuck with kissing the asses of both Laffey and the Club for Growth trogs.

    "I think The New York Times has forgotten that New York is the place 9/11 happened." Mort "Coulter" Kondracke

    by LeftHandedMan on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 03:58:23 PM PDT

  •  Heh. (2+ / 0-)
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    Aexia, dufffbeer

    And this just reminds us that the only difference between Specter-Toomey and Lieberman-Lamont is that Specter had the integrity to abide by his party's decision in its primary.

    Want to see what a nasty-yet-funny challenger's ad campaign looks like?  Go here and here.  Oh, memories.

    •  I was thinking that would be a good study. (0+ / 0-)

      The similarities and differences of the two races.

      I'm a bit worried that there is another difference, though: after winning in a bit of a squeaker, Specter has been clearly chastened and has tried to mollify the people who opposed him in the primary.

      If Lieberman wins a close primary, I don't think that would happen.

  •  Just curious... (0+ / 0-)

    ... anything to the NRSC charge?

    Right now, the link goes to the Lieberman Party item cited in the previous entry.

    "We're going to raise the level of public debate in this country. And let that be our legacy."

    by looking italian on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 04:03:21 PM PDT

  •  Primary, hell. (1+ / 0-)
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    SecondComing

    It's not quite the same thing, but I'll never forget what I got in my college mailbox back during the VA "Warner vs. Warner" race (John vs. Mark).

    So, I was in college 6 hours away, but not one to shirk my obligations, I filed for absentee ballot.

    When my ballot came in the mail, I also had an unexpected piece of mail that came the same exact day.  It was a letter from John Warner, thanking me for taking the time to vote absentee... and noting that he would be honored to receive my vote in the election.

    I was disgusted.  With all the laws that dictate how far campaigns need to stay from polling spots, and all the laws in place to minimize interference, here I was getting a letter in the mail from John Warner, timed to arrive the same day my ballot came, sitting in an envelope right above my ballot.

    Anyway, long story short -- it's all the same, and IOKIYAR.

    Although the masters make the rules / For the wise men and the fools / I got nothing, Ma, to live up to. (Dylan)

    by teedz on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 04:47:11 PM PDT

  •  Anyone remember this? (2+ / 0-)
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    SecondComing, RedtoBlue2006

    http://archives.cnn.com/...

    We are pleased to inform you that the United States Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, which provides long-term tax relief for all Americans who pay income taxes.

    The new tax law provides immediate tax relief in 2001 and long-term tax relief for the years to come.

    As part of the immediate tax relief, you will be receiving a check in the amount of $XXX during the week of XX/XX/01.

    You can't spell G-O-P without 'hypocricy'.

  •  Am I a hack? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm running for school committee in Cranston.

    Andre Araujo for Cranston School Committee, Andre For Schools

    by aaraujo on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 06:28:27 PM PDT

  •  A Fair Criticism. (0+ / 0-)

    Sounds to me like Laffey did make a misstep using public resources and that this is a valid criticism on the part of the GOP. Using your public office to put your campaign slogan at the bottom of municipal tax bills is wrong. Period.

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