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Democrats accuse Steele of 'political identity theft'
Baltimore Sun ^ | September 22, 2006 | Jennifer Skalka

Posted on 09/22/2006 9:15:18 AM PDT by youthgonewild

No, Maryland voters, the printer did not make an error. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's new campaign signs seem to identify him as a Democrat.

A "Steele Democrat," they read.

The bright blue placards and bumper stickers made their debut yesterday in Baltimore during an event announcing a new coalition of Democrats supporting the lieutenant governor's U.S. Senate bid. Steele, of course, is the Republican nominee for Senate and a former chairman of the state Republican Party.

The group and accompanying signs appear to be the latest Steele effort to distance himself from an unpopular White House and a Republican Party struggling to maintain its hold on Congress. The state Democratic Party chairman immediately accused him of "identity theft."

Steele supporters said the term was akin to calling someone a "Reagan Democrat."

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 2006; baltimore; bencardin; campaign; cardin; democrat; election; election2006; michaelsteele; senate; steele
Unusual...I don't think I've ever heard of a candidate explicitly pretending to be of another party before. I don't know if Steele himself approved the signs though.

1 posted on 09/22/2006 9:15:19 AM PDT by youthgonewild
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To: youthgonewild

Ha! this is awesome


2 posted on 09/22/2006 9:17:00 AM PDT by Uncledave
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To: youthgonewild
John Major in 1992 got the backing of some people who had been active in the defunct Social Democratic Party (moderate socialists). I understand why he was happy to have their support, but I don't necessarily have to feel easy about it.

If Democrats are supporting Lt. Gov. Steele, excellent. But he should not coddle them by adopting any of their ideas.

Regards, Ivan

3 posted on 09/22/2006 9:17:45 AM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: youthgonewild

My daughter lives in Catonsville, MD. There are a whole bunch of "Another Democrat for Erlich" bumber stickers there. Erlich is the Republican Governor.


4 posted on 09/22/2006 9:17:50 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi..)
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To: youthgonewild

From the same group of Jackasses that illegally got his credit report.

Nice!


5 posted on 09/22/2006 9:17:58 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: youthgonewild

I just hope this does not turn off to many Republicans. Otherwise, I see nothing different here and the Reagan Democrat tag.


6 posted on 09/22/2006 9:18:15 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: MadIvan

Good to see you Ivan. I remember Major had a lot of cross party support..


7 posted on 09/22/2006 9:18:40 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi..)
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To: MadIvan
Ivan, welcome back to the fight.

This time, I'm sure our side will win.

8 posted on 09/22/2006 9:20:44 AM PDT by Jim Noble (You know something is happening here but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?)
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To: youthgonewild

This is excellent, we always hear Reagan democrats


9 posted on 09/22/2006 9:27:22 AM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: youthgonewild

Only Democrats and the Sun would be so stupid they didnt get the message. Steele democrats , refers to Democrats who intend to vote for Steele, Whats the problem??/


10 posted on 09/22/2006 9:35:55 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: youthgonewild

he's not pretending to be a dem...they've just got their undies in a wad, because there may be alot of african americans ready to go for Steele...ergo Steele democrats. Of course, if the dems in MD are so afraid that their generic stupid voters might get confused....caveat emptor.


11 posted on 09/22/2006 9:36:52 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: youthgonewild

none of the Democrats running in my area will put any reference to their party affiliation on ANYTHING they put out.


12 posted on 09/22/2006 9:40:10 AM PDT by digger48
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To: sgtbono2002

Ironic headline since Michael Steele was the VICTIM of identify theft by Chuck Schumer's staff at the Democratic National Senatorial Committee.


13 posted on 09/22/2006 9:45:04 AM PDT by ConservativeMajority (Can you spare $20 to support our troops? www.supportthetroopsweekend.org)
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To: ConservativeMajority
The Baltimore Pravda is probably too stupid to even remember the identity theft incident against Mike Steele. However, the black community apparently does remember it. I have been informed that credit and access to it are "hot button" issues in the black community, so anything remotely like an identity theft against a prominent African-American really tics them off.

Just for the record, I love puppies.

14 posted on 09/22/2006 9:53:14 AM PDT by RebelBanker (We must not and cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good.)
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To: youthgonewild

His TV ads are unique. He even tries humor.


15 posted on 09/22/2006 9:54:15 AM PDT by trublu
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To: youthgonewild

Bwahahaha. That is very, very funny.


16 posted on 09/22/2006 9:54:46 AM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: trublu

His TV ads would be more funny if the puppy that he pretends to like were cute. Instead, it looks like a mongrel. Does anyone know if this is his dog or a prop?


17 posted on 09/22/2006 9:57:29 AM PDT by drb9
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To: MadIvan
Its just a label thing Ivan. It has nothing whatever to do with ideas.

I think of it as being the same as Clinton calling himself a "new democrat", ie a "sane democrat" as opposed to the usual looney kind. It's a way of saying "I'm like you" to the widest audience possible.

It's also similar to Ronald Reagan identifying himself as a former democrat. By doing so, in effect Reagan said I understand democrats. I used to be one.

18 posted on 09/22/2006 10:02:04 AM PDT by kylaka
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To: youthgonewild

The Dems are just upset because they'd have a hard time finding many Marylanders who earnestly could claim to be "Cardin Republicans."


19 posted on 09/22/2006 10:05:56 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: MadIvan

Steele is a Republican and a good man, I think, but he's not a conservative (of course, a conservative couldn't get elected in a state-wide Maryland election, anyway)


20 posted on 09/22/2006 10:15:13 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: youthgonewild

Actually I didn't think about this: those people have Democrat on the sign because they are, but they also support Steele, so its like a Democrats for Steele thing.


21 posted on 09/22/2006 10:17:32 AM PDT by youthgonewild
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To: pogo101
The Dems are just upset because they'd have a hard time finding many Marylanders who earnestly could claim to be "Cardin Republicans."

They may also be freaking because a post-primary poll shows him +1 over Cardin. Pulling a third of the black vote at the moment, while Ehrlich is only getting about 15% of it.

I really like this guy.

22 posted on 09/22/2006 10:19:09 AM PDT by freespirited (Have you hugged a terrorist today? 1-800-JMC-CAIN)
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To: youthgonewild

Kind of like Jews for Jesus. Very popular among other Jews--not.


23 posted on 09/22/2006 10:27:20 AM PDT by drubyfive
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To: freespirited

I think Michael Steele could be a very big deal in GOP politics for a very long time.


24 posted on 09/22/2006 10:36:08 AM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: 7thson

hahaha, all eight of them


25 posted on 09/22/2006 10:40:29 AM PDT by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
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To: youthgonewild
There is NO misrepresentation here. It is like the "another Democrat for Ehrlich" signs. Or Reagan Democrat voters years ago.
Imagine, here in the Peoples Republic of Maryland, where the dems are 3-1, it took the Repubs to elect the first statewide black to office. Now it is the Repubs that will elect the first black Senator from Maryland. The dems could not elect ant statewide blacks in the primary. They ALL lost to white people.
Now Steele has on his side the son of Kwesi Mfume who was a dem opponent of Steele. (1 of 7 illegitimate children Mfume had with different women) Mfume lost. Last week none other than Russell Simmons (Def Jam Records) came to town to help Steele fund raising. The dems in this state are besides themselves with the possibility Steel will win. They are going to pull EVERY trick, dirty trick and race card they can come up with until the election. This race in Maryland will have national ramifications in the support of blacks to the dems. They will begin to really see who is on their side and who has just been saying for decades who is.
26 posted on 09/22/2006 11:07:32 AM PDT by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: Katya

That's got to make Democrat's hair stand on end!


27 posted on 09/22/2006 11:07:54 AM PDT by sgtyork (Prove to us that you can enforce the borders first.)
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To: youthgonewild

Michael Steele is not saying that he's a Democrat, he's just showing that many Democrats support him in spite of their respective party labels. The most famous example of this, of course, are the Reagan Democrats of 1984, but this is very common in many states; I remember in 2002 how Ed Koch and other prominent NY Democrats ran ads stating "I'm a Democrat, a Pataki Democrat" and endorsing Governor Pataki for reelection.


28 posted on 09/22/2006 11:23:12 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: sgtbono2002

Once again you ride in with your keen eye for the obvious!
Thank you Sgt B! ;0)


29 posted on 09/22/2006 2:00:42 PM PDT by doberville
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To: youthgonewild

Reagan Democrats?


30 posted on 09/22/2006 2:02:33 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: youthgonewild
"I don't think I've ever heard of a candidate explicitly pretending to be of another party before."

What are you talking about? Steele isn't pretending to be a Democrat. The signs just identify Democrats as supporters of Steele. It's exactly the same idea as the term, "Reagan Democrat."

31 posted on 09/22/2006 2:05:08 PM PDT by defenderSD (Blogging from a secure, undisclosed location in the southwestern United States.)
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To: expatpat

As for his pro-life position, he is very conservative. He may have some moderate social positions. As far as fiscal matters, he is endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce and the Club for Growth.


32 posted on 09/22/2006 6:05:38 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Dan Quayle = Conservative; Rudy Giuliani = Liberal)
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To: expatpat

I dunno about that, I'd say he is every bit as conservative as Ronald Reagan. He's pro-life, and endorsed by the Club for Growth...what more can you ask for?


33 posted on 09/24/2006 9:45:04 PM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: perez24

As in...President?


34 posted on 09/24/2006 9:46:47 PM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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