UPDATE: I got this wrong. According to Sharon Torborg of the Right to Life Fund, state law requires that any name mentioned in campaign material must be reported on the Secretary of State’s mass media form. RTL endorsed Carolyn Branagan for Senate, and also mentioned the other two Republican candidates, Norm McAllister and Dustin Degree.
The Right to Life Fund is not endorsing Norm McAllister. My apologies to Ms. Torborg and the rest of the RTL crew.
There’s a couple things I’m getting really tired of, as the primary campaigns enter the homestretch. The first is candidates whining about “Washington-style” attack ads. C’mon, folks, even in Vermont, politics ain’t beanbag.
The second is candidates bemoaning an influx of out-of-state money on behalf of their opponents — especially when the moaners are getting major outside backing themselves. None of these people are pure as the driven snow, and their complaints ring hollow in my ears.
So I don’t have much to say about the ex-Bear Stearns executives creating a Super PAC in support of Bruce Lisman, or EMILY’s List pouring $100K into pro-Minter ads, or a Silicon Valley tycoon spending twice as much for Matt Dunne. It’s the way the game is played in our post-Citizens United world, and any politico not named Bernie Sanders is practicing unilateral disarmament if they don’t take advantage of every available resource, The Vermont Way be damned.
But there is one recent mass-media spending report that should not pass unnoticed. It involves far less money, but there are a couple of things you should know.
The Vermont Right To Life Fund for Political Expenditures recently spent about $1,000 on a postcard mailer in support of anti-abortion candidates.
The first detail is that the Fund included Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman on its list. Which is slightly puzzling; hasn’t Scott said that he’s personally anti-abortion but won’t seek any changes in state law?
Hardly seems like a Right To Life firebrand.
Second, if your eyes don’t glaze over while you scan this list of conservative worthies (and putative Democrat Bobby Starr, ugh), your eyes are likely to stop short at name number 16.
Yes, those avenging angels of God’s purity are actively backing the Senate’s only accused rapist in his bid for re-election.
I assume this was the result of some semi-automated process. But good grief, doesn’t anyone at the RTLFFIPE double-check their mailers before sending them out to defile our mailboxes?
Or do they just plain not care if a politician commits horrible crimes as long as he votes the “right” way?
From what I hear, McAllister is almost certain to lose next week’s primary because basically, everyone in Franklin County outside of a handful of acolytes and relatives desperately wants to be rid of the guy and expunge the taint on their county’s reputation.
But not Right To Life, no sirree. Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead — they need Norm McAllister back in the Senate.