See… this is why we do what we do:
House Democrats on Monday accused Republicans of dirty politics for mailing out 25,000 postcards that accuse certain lawmakers of being soft on crime and protecting violent sex offenders.
The postcards show a mug shot of a middle-age man with slicked-back hair. His eyes and his name are blacked out to shield his identity. The cards, shown in photocopies provided by Democrats, carry a bold headline that reads, “This violent predator lives in your community.”
The cards are part of a $75,000 Republican ad campaign that Democrats say is targeting lawmakers in swing districts for the November election. In addition to the cards, the campaign is using radio spots, television ads and automated phone calls.
“It’s politics at its worst,” fumed House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam.
It’s three days late, but the Seattle Times finally covers the story of the GOP’s bogus “Sex Offender Notification” postcards. One has to wonder, if the blogs hadn’t kept up the pressure, digging further into this story, if the MSM ever would have paid attention?
As the article makes clear, the GOP leadership remains unapologetic…
“I’m not going to apologize for playing tough,”
House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, said he had nothing to do with the ad campaign and referred questions to Kevin Carns, executive director of the Speakers Roundtable, a GOP political-action committee (PAC).
My question is… did DeBolt actually say that with a straight face? The Speakers Roundtable is an associated PAC of the House Republican Organizing Committee, with which it shares funding, office space, and staff. And this is not the first time DeBolt has lied to journalists. Can my friends in the media actually take this guy seriously again? He’s totally dissed you.
The truth is, the GOP’s entire sex offender legislative agenda was never anything more than a stunt intended to be used for political advantage…
Carns said there was discussion of an ad campaign even before the vote was taken…
And the Democrats are rightly furious…
“The entire postcard is a lie,” Kessler said.
For example, she said, although the postcards claim the sex offender pictured lives in a particular district, the same photo appears on all the cards.
And how does the GOP defend it’s deceitfulness?
Carns said the cards aren’t supposed to be taken literally. “I would have loved to put an offender from each specific district and not obscured their name. But we’d have put ourselves at liability to do so,” he said.
He used one picture, with identifying information blacked out, “as a metaphor,” he said.
Or was it an allegory?
Hmm. If you’re looking for a metaphor, Kevin, how about: “Eat me”…?