The Rural Patriot

October 30, 2006

Sometimes We are Blessed

Filed under: 2006 Campaigns,Eric Massa,New York State,Randy Kuhl — theruralpatriot @ 3:32 pm

Living where we do – in a media market that serves Buffalo vs. Rochester, Corning, or Elmira – can sometimes be more of a blessing than a hinderance in this election season. While we are being bombarded with Tom Reynolds and Jack Davis Congressional television commercials, we are not being subjected to the nasty, negative commercials for our own district, (However, we are receiving the deceptive telephone calls and mailings.)

So why the distorted, negative advertising, and what are we missing?

… Carl Forti, with a similar budget to protect the GOP majority, was playing defense. His own polls showed a growing number of House Republicans in serious trouble. Forti, 34, had little choice but to buy ads to protect suddenly at-risk Reps. Charles Bass (N.H.) and John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr. (N.Y.).

How much are they spending? For 10/27/06, I found the following information:

NY District: 29 1 . NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE; OPPOSITION MASSA FOR CONGRESS; H NY 29; STRATEGIC MEDIA SERVICES; 10/27/2006; $176,626; 10/27/2006 Issue Ad Placement –> NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE sub-total for this state/dist: $176,626

What type of “help” is being provided? Well, here’s one example that again lies about Eric Massa’s stand on the issue of social security:

Political Pornography

A controversial new political commercial puts seniors as the target of cross hairs. The ad is paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Our political expert Dr. Stephen Coleman sat down and watched the ad in our conference room. He called it political pornography.

“This shows the republican committee is desperate,” said Coleman. “They really are concerned that Randy Kuhl may loose the election and that’s why they are resorting to this trash. It’s un-American.”

Sorry, but I’m not going to link the ad. I won’t be part of promoting this. We’ve been spared so far, and I won’t be the one to bring this act of desperation to you.

The NRCC is also phone banking on behalf of Rep. Kuhl. I’ve received two telephone calls in the past few days from the NRCC which is also distorting and lying about Eric Massa’s positions on a number of issues.

When I was young, there was a well-known saying that went, “Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat”. I guess that old, sage piece of advice went out of style a long time ago. Looks like the new way is, “Win at all costs, no matter what”. And who will be the losers of this strategy? The voters, that’s who….

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5 Comments »

  1. I’d be interested in hearing the content of those calls, and how you know it was the NRCC. Like targeted mailers, this is the kind of stuff that is almost impossible for MSM to report on.

    Comment by Rottenchester — October 30, 2006 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  2. saw the ad. Saw right through the ad. Get around the stunning visuals, and the thinking person can see it lacks substance. Even Reagan raised the SDI withholding rate to keep Social Security solvent. Nowadays, with so many elderly, the richest elderly in the world I must add, demanding benefits, something must be done. This means cutting benefits for our more affluent senior citizens and/or raising the SDI rate again. The alternative is more national debt which will render the US Dollar more worthless than it already is, effectively cutting benefits anyway. I’m 37. I do not expect the Dems or Repubs to get their acts together on this issue, and am planning accordingly.

    Comment by enakcma — October 30, 2006 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  3. Rottenchester – The caller ID’s themselves from being from the NRCC. I have a complete call and part of the second call recorded on my answering machine. I’ll transcribe and post it here in the comments section tomorrow. The issues are taxes and immigration.

    Comment by theruralpatriot — October 30, 2006 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  4. Great!

    Comment by rottenchester — October 30, 2006 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  5. Rottenchester: I’ve written a post, NRCC Phone Calls and the Candidates’ Immigration Views, reviewing the calls and the issue of immigration that was the focal point for one of the calls.

    Comment by theruralpatriot — October 31, 2006 @ 11:56 am | Reply


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