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Weaver’s stump ‘stunt’ reverberates nationally (FR mentioned in the last para)
New Enterprise ^ | 20 Aug 06 | JOHN FRIEDLEIN

Posted on 08/20/2006 10:25:18 AM PDT by SLB

RADCLIFF — Congressional candidate Mike Weaver’s gas discount Wednesday was close to being a stunt heard ’round the world.

An Associated Press article about his $1.20-a-gallon gas sale at Marathon Food Mart appeared on newspaper and television Web sites from the Los Angles Times to England’s Guardian Unlimited and ABC News. It also was the topic of blogs across the country.

“It’s a lot more coverage than I thought I would ever get,” said Weaver, a Democrat running against Republican incumbent Ron Lewis for Kentucky’s 2nd District seat. “I think it gave me a lot more name recognition.”

Political analyst Larry J. Sabato said the event to “a certain degree” will help Weaver’s campaign. “Voters are looking for scapegoats on gas prices, and he’s pointing to his opponent while providing a spoonful of sugar with the discounted gas.”

Weaver, who spent $1,510 to cover the discount, chose the $1.20 price because that was the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas when Lewis took office in 1994. Weaver also said he wanted to help cash-strapped working families.

“This was a creative, unusual stunt that capitalized on the voters’ surly mood about gas prices, and sure enough, the cameras followed,” said Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

In response, Lewis has asked the U.S. Attorney’s office to investigate the event as vote buying.

Sabato doubts it would be considered vote buying, but Weaver could cross a line if he decides to do it again, because motorists would receive a “very tangible, financial benefit” to vote for him, he said. “It’s a gray area in the law, and Weaver probably won’t want to push his luck. As a one-time stunt, it paid off big and made his point.”

Weaver has no plans to sponsor another discount, at least anytime soon.

And he said as of Saturday he hadn’t been contacted by the authorities, and he doesn’t expect to be. Weaver said he checked out the legality of the event beforehand. And it had been “already tried and tested” in a North Carolina congressional campaign.

He thinks too much of the focus has been on the giveaway itself and not enough on energy issues, such as mandates for efficient fuel use and incentives for ethanol and biodiesel production.

Lewis — who also supports development of alternative sources of energy — said he wasn’t the first to bring up the possibility it was vote buying. Reporters did too, he said.

The congressman also pointed out how some motorists receiving the discount seemed swayed toward voting for Weaver in November because of the discount.

As for how the media attention will affect the race, Lewis said, “Whether it’s a good publicity stunt or whether it’s not, that has to be determined by the people who look at it.”

Those who have looked at it have not been without humor.

Here’s a post on the pro-Democrat blog, bluenecks: “Maybe Lewis should have gotten his gas at Weaver’s station and used his savings to buy a clue.”

And another post on conservative Free Republic: “You can fuel all of the people some of the time, and you can fuel some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fuel all of the people all of the time.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Free Republic; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 2006; election; fr; gas; mikeweaver; votebuying; voterfraud
Is this vote buying?
1 posted on 08/20/2006 10:25:19 AM PDT by SLB
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To: SLB
Democrats buy votes - with YOUR money.

(No more Olmert! No more Kadima! No more Oslo!)

2 posted on 08/20/2006 10:26:48 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: SLB
And another post on conservative Free Republic: “You can fuel all of the people some of the time, and you can fuel some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fuel all of the people all of the time.”

Gawd, that's post of the year.

3 posted on 08/20/2006 10:30:13 AM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: MasonGal; Just Kimberly; Knuckrider; MBohman; republicanbob1; jcwky; aCDNinUSA; borntobeagle; ...

KY Ping for vote buying.


4 posted on 08/20/2006 10:30:58 AM PDT by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: SLB
It was done by a democRAT, so no, it wasn't a violation no matter what the rules might say. /s

Lewis should be able to hit this one out of the park, however. The approach should be "Gas price? yeah. let's talk about that. Which party has stonewalled an Energy bill that would actually accomplish something? Who stands in the way of much-needed refinery capacity? Need I mention ANWR? Which party pushes for an ever-changing crazy-quilt of formulations? Which party empowers leaders like Chavez to wreak havoc on the supply side? Let's talk about Weaver's ability to buck his party when legislation comes up again. The real answer is that unless Weaver increases your taxes by dollars to give you a rebate of pennies, there is little that a democRAT is willing or able to do against the wishes of the special interests that have a stranglehold on their party."

5 posted on 08/20/2006 10:35:18 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: SLB

Here's a better question... Is he dipping into the campaign money for personal gain? Where exactly did the $1510 come from, where did it go to, and is it considered a "campaign expense"?

The $1510 covered the difference between the $1.20/gallon price, and the normal price of approx $3/gal for each sale. But the deep-discount $1.20/gallon price likely attracted much heavier buying on that day than on similar days. In other words, the $1510 was a subsidy to increase that day's profitability.

So... did he use campaign money in a way that directly made his business more profitable?


6 posted on 08/20/2006 10:44:10 AM PDT by sanchmo (If we wish to learn what was going on in Europe in 1938, just look around - V.D. Hanson)
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To: SLB
In response, Lewis has asked the U.S. Attorney’s office to investigate the event as vote buying.

What a moron!

Not only is that the dumbest way to respond politically. What kind of "conservative" runs to get the Feds involved? Judging by what little is here, I hope he loses.

7 posted on 08/20/2006 10:44:31 AM PDT by AlexandriaDuke (Conservatives want freedom. Republicans want power.)
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To: SLB
You can fuel all of the people some of the time, and you can fuel some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fuel all of the people all of the time.

ROTFL!   Anybody know which Freeper came up with this gem?

8 posted on 08/20/2006 11:11:01 AM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Wonderful Troops.)
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To: SLB

Actually, he could face charges. In most states, there are laws about how low you charge for gas, no to mention the possible contract violations.


9 posted on 08/20/2006 11:16:21 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: SLB

Bread and circus!
10 posted on 08/20/2006 12:00:05 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: SLB

Sounds like it to me, or dangerously close.


11 posted on 08/20/2006 12:14:29 PM PDT by Fudd Fan ("The purpose of the UN is to ensure that the U.S. never wins another war." -HonestConservative)
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To: SLB

I read down to the part where it mentioned larry sabato, and then I knew the whole thing was BS. That guy shouldn't be teaching poly sci at a juco, much less appearing on TV as an "expert".


12 posted on 08/20/2006 12:26:55 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Liberty Valance

...and the lottery


13 posted on 08/20/2006 12:29:06 PM PDT by bannie (HILLARY: Not all perversions are sexual.)
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To: SLB
Well, yeah, but don't expect any Republican to do anything about it. Someone might call them mean-spirited or something.

It's always preferable to bend over and take it up the chute.

Appeasement doesn't work against terrorists and it doesn't work against Democrats.

14 posted on 08/20/2006 4:53:59 PM PDT by GoBucks2002
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To: SLB
Is this vote buying?

If I was there and wanted to wait in line for who knows how long, I'd have bought the gas. But considering how long I would have had to wait in line to maybe fill an 11 gallon tank, I wouldn't have wasted my time.

Unless the media harps on it, nobody for the most part really cares about the cost of gas to the point that they can tell you how much per gallon all the stations within a 2 mile radias of their favorite station charges........

15 posted on 08/20/2006 5:04:26 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (The rest of this tag is written in invisible ink)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I know people who bought $50,000 motor homes who watch the gas prices very closely and will drive out of their way to save? 3 cents a gallon.And spend a extra 20 minutes in line. An America whoise highways are clogged with big pickups hauling ATVs from the city to the country property for play ISN"T deeply concerned about fuel prices. It is the $50,000 a year families that are hurting.

People who buy $3 cups of coffee and whine about gas would drive me to drink if I could afford the good stuff.

16 posted on 08/20/2006 6:17:28 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: jigsaw; tlb
Anybody know which Freeper came up with this gem?

It was tlb. First post. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1686333/posts

17 posted on 08/20/2006 7:20:57 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Thank you very much for the info!


18 posted on 08/20/2006 7:32:13 PM PDT by jigsaw (God Bless Our Wonderful Troops.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Immortality! Kewl


19 posted on 08/21/2006 1:05:09 AM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

Ut uh. 15 minutes maybe!

Sorry.


20 posted on 08/21/2006 2:06:26 PM PDT by yobid (Islam - the death cult disguised as a religion)
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To: SLB; NonValueAdded
Thanks, for the Ping. SLB. :)

Lewis should be able to hit this one out of the park....Which party has stonewalled an Energy bill that would actually accomplish something? Who stands in the way of much-needed refinery capacity? Need I mention ANWR?...

Short / Concise.
All very good points
....watch them, "run for the tall grass" on these points..... the Democrats' / Weavers' responce.

*crickets*

21 posted on 08/22/2006 5:53:11 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just b/c your paranoid; Doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you. :^)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Never have been able to understand in what sense the president, any president, really, or Republican members of the Congress are culpable in determining the price of gasoline.
I resent being treated as a simple-minded dolt by simple-minded political hacks.


22 posted on 08/22/2006 2:47:18 PM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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