It’s a tough year for big name Democrats.
Besides struggling Senate campaigns that don’t want President Obama anywhere near them, and Democrat insiders slipping the knife to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat candidates for Congress are turning on their ostensible leader.
“Nancy Pelosi” is a name Democrats in tough House fights are using only to show their distance, according to The Hill.
In battleground Colorado, for instance, where the Democrat stock has fallen considerably now that voters have gotten to see what life is like with Barack Obama in the White House and John Hickenlooper in the Governor’s Mansion, Democrat challenger Irv Halter is actually using TV ads to link Pelosi to incumbent Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn.
“Career politicians like Doug Lamborn and Nancy Pelosi have failed,” Halter says in the ad. “There’s only one way to change Washington. Vote them out.”
In Florida, political scion Gwen Graham (daughter of former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham) is running against Republican Steve Southerland by broadcasting ads linking Southerland to the “broken Washington” of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and — you guessed it – Nancy Pelosi.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee declined to say much about the anti-tone of the Democrat efforts, according to The Hill.
“Campaigns run their own races,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.
A spokesman for the Republican Congressional Committee didn’t buy that.
“These Democrats are complete hypocrites,” Daniel Scarpinato wrote in an email Wednesday, according to The Hill. “Unless they are willing to give up the millions in outside spending Nancy Pelosi is dumping into their races, then these ads are a complete lie.”
He’s got a point about lying, but he could have gone further. Politics isn’t a game of beanbag, but linking Democrats to the San Francisco liberal is bad enough.
Doing it with Republicans is just unforgiveable.
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