Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), who is in charge of keeping Congress in GOP hands this fall, surprised the political establishment yesterday by airing an early television advertisement that made no mention of his party affiliation.
In addition, Reynolds, a 30-year veteran of upstate New York politics and a former GOP minority leader in the state Assembly, is one of several House GOP leaders who do not mention their party affiliation on their campaign websites. In ads posted on their sites, Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) also do not state their Republican credentials.
That seemed unbelievable to me. Reynolds is hiding his party label? He runs the Republican Party's House effort! So I went over to Tom Reynold's campaign website to check it out, and lo and behold, the word "Republican" doesn't appear once. Not even once.
When some of the GOP's biggest dogs start running from their party label, you know they're in real trouble.