Bob Corker Pretends Not To
Update and bump: Questions about Corker's illegal-sounding campaign tactics continue to spread across the state. Hamdems - in Corker's hometown - offers a summary: "The bottom line here is this: Corker said that he or his campaign could not talk directly to the RNC about the ad that is currently running slandering Congressman Ford. However, it actually turns out that Corker travels daily with the spokesperson from the RNC who issued statements about the ad. Did Corker and his campaign violate federal election laws by having coordination in this ad? It's nearly impossible to imagine that Anderson and Corker traveled together and yet did not "communicate" once about the ad, as both were issuing conflicting statements."
Monday, October 23, 2006
Speaking of the King of Lies, is it just me, or is there something fishy about Bob Corker's widely publicized claim that he's asked the RNC to pull the sleazy blonde-bimbo ad targetting Harold Ford - because Corker's just not sleazy enough to approve of his party's ad?
Check out the following snippets from three different papers, The Washington Times, The Tennessean and the Knoxville News Sentinel.
When Corker was asked about offensive RNC ads, he said (Washington Times):
"As you know, we can't talk directly with the [National Republican Senatorial Committee] or the RNC, so I don't know about 'em till I see them, but if we see an ad we don't like, we'll ask for it to be pulled."
Republican Bob Corker said the 30-second commercial is not reflective of the type of campaign he wants to run. The RNC is standing by the ad, said spokeswoman Camille Anderson.
The national party can air commercials independently of campaigns — but they can’t communicate with each other.
That’s why Corker’s campaign said they issued a news release saying the ad should be taken off the air, because that’s something they can’t tell the RNC directly.
The RNC’s Anderson said: “Whether it’s the Congressman's careless lifestyle or liberal record, Harold Ford seems like a better fit for his hometown of Washington, D.C., than for the state of Tennessee.”
Knoxville News Sentinel:
Camille Anderson, Republican National Committee spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., who is working from Chattanooga for the Corker campaign, said the RNC wants to "make sure we have the resources to get the message out across the state of Tennessee. The RNC is focusing on making sure we maintain a majority in the Senate and Bob Corker is part of that equation."
Update: Chris Jackson has more: Illegal Coordination? --via Sean Braisted -- who speculates on the consequences should Corker and his out-of-control Republican Party be caught on the wrong side of the law. Outside the law? Now there's a novel idea about Republicans.
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