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Disclaimer: The author of this site maintained the campaign weblog of John Kline's opponent in the 2006 election, which made Congressman Kline a bit testy.

As with all blogs, review the facts carefully and draw your own conclusions.

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Final Push: GOP Dirty Tricks Begin

[Disclaimer: This post was first published on Coleen Rowley's campaign weblog.]

In recent days, we've seen vicious attacks against Keith Ellison in the 5th CD race. Rowley for Congress has been on the receiving end of a few smear attacks, too. These are likely just the opening salvos in an all-out campaign of character assassination and dirty tricks which will make us all nostalgic for the gentler, more civil campaigns of 2002 and 2004.

Last week, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that it would be spending at least 90% of its $50 million war chest on personal attacks on Democratic candidates. And it won't stop there. The Republican who funded the Swift Boaters in the 2004 cycle is funding a 527 group to spread lies about Democrats using automated phone call "push polls", and the election is more than 7 weeks away.

Think about this for a minute. The Republican party, which lays claim to "family values" and "personal responsibility" is not only campaigning principally, if not exclusively on smear tactics, they're brazen enough to formally announce that this is their strategy.

Then again, they can't point to anything they've actually accomplished for the average American, so what choice do they have? There are a lot of good reasons to vote for Coleen Rowley in November: responsible redeployment from Iraq, increased funding for education, health care for every American and protection of our civil rights. But the best reason to vote for Coleen is that it's your one chance between now and 2008 to hold George Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress accountable for their cronyism, for their incomptence, for wasting American lives and treasure on the debacle in Iraq, and much, much more.

Think about that between now and November 7. And if you receive a phone call before then dishing dirt on Coleen, consider who it's coming from.

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