Skip to comments.West Virginia Senate Battle Turns Ugly as Byrd Uses Raese's Father
Posted on 10/01/2006 12:03:15 PM PDT by wagglebee
West Virginia GOP senatorial candidate John Raese slapped back at Senator Robert Byrds reference to Raeses deceased father in a West Virginia public television profile which aired Thursday night.
In a transcript of the program obtained by the Raese campaign Thursday afternoon, Byrd says, (Raeses) father was my friend. I think his father would have been somewhat ashamed. His father would be supporting me today I feel if he were alive.
Raese fired back, saying, It is Senator Byrd who should be ashamed for smearing my father and my family by extension when he knows my father is deceased and cannot speak for himself. I am astounded at the disgusting arrogance of Senator Byrd in suggesting that my father would support ever him over his own son. Senator Byrd has a nasty habit of saying outrageous things and this is just another example of that arrogance, Raese said.
Raese said the contrast between his father and Senator Byrds father is a lesson to remember.
When I was a boy, my father was taking me to basketball and baseball games, and to Dairy Queen after the game, said Raese.
"By contrast, according to Senator Byrds autobiography, his father was taking him to Ku Klux Klan meetings. Years later, when I was 34, I was running for the United States Senate. Senator Byrd was, at that same age, by his own account, recruiting members to the KKK, he said.
Added Raese, I know who my father would be ashamed of, and it wouldnt be me.
West Virginia has done really well with Byrd's pork barrel money. He's got more stuff named after him there than Saddam did in Iraq.
Too bad this Raese guy doesn't have a chance against the Grand Kleagle.
And to think all the Democrats who scream "racism" at every Republican make a hero of this Nazi bigot.
Frankly, it doesn't say much for West Virginia either that they vote for him.
THIS, Senator Dole, is one of the people you SHOULD of been supporting rather than Chafee.
That's a real sleazy thing for him to do. I thought the deceased were off limits in politics?
Hot diggity dog! Someone in WV with guts enough to face down Kleagle Byrd, who vies for the title with Sen. Ted Stevens as King of Pork.
Did the West Virginia Ku Klux Klan merge with the DEMOCRAT Party, or are they seperate organizations?
The notion that WV has done really well with Byrd's pork barrel money is a somewhat superficial notion. Very little of the money has gone into things that are self-stainable. In short "riches" have come into the state but it has created almost no real wealth. When the pork stops flowing into the state many of these Byrd funded projects will decay & die.
LOLOL! Very very good comeback.
That picture of Sheets Byrd needs to be spread as widely as possible!!!
hey, if Ronald Reagan can awaken from the dead to endorse James Webb in VA, why can't Father Raese do the same in WV?
The way I would handle this is to say that Byrd is remembering a former time in West Virginia, when everybody was a conservative Democrat. The fact is, today, more and more conservatives are realizing that there no longer is such a thing as a "conservative Democrat" in national politics, and that continuing to elect Democrats to the Congress serves the purposes of Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, rather than the values of West Virginia.
You are correct; however, the people of WV have been duped by the 'Rats and media. Aside from Byrd, they have actually been convinced that Jay ROCKEFELLER cares about the poor and middle class.
Byrd is in his mid-80s. When the hell is WV voters going to wake up and look forward and support a candidate with fresh ideas instead of giving this racist bovine excrement who pretends to care about the Constitution another six-year term. Why don't they just rename the state after him, for crying out loud.
Byrd is senile. Not a slur, just fact.
The KKK was not a sunday social club.They did criminal activities like lynchings, murders and violence...and to be a member back then would have meant you were in a criminal conspiracy to do these things.....What is the statute of limitations on these crimes?.....has Byrd ever fessed up to these types of activities.........or has anyone ever asked him if he participated in such events or had knowledge of these types of events? Lastly ,how many lynchings in his state occured during his reign in the klan....does anyone know?
Disgusting tactic by Byrd. The arrogance of these Rats knows no bounds.
Raese's comments are ABSOLUTELY on-target. It is inspiring to see this kind of quick-thinking, hard-hitting reaction from a Republican. If we did more of this, we'd be a much stronger party. Buy that man a Miller.
He's a dumb-o-crat, did you expect something truthfull and plesent? Those words do not exist the this bunch.
Considering Byrd is a Democrat, I am surprised he would consider mere death a limitation of Raese Senior's support.
" I thought the deceased were off limits in politics?"
They still vote in democratic precincts.
"There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time. I'm going to use that word."
Fox News Sunday, March 4, 2001
I wonder why Byrd is attacking Raese if he has no chance. It is interesting. I think Raese has a real chance. He just needs to take the gloves off and knock the old geezer Moveon.org preacher out of his Senate Rocker.
Yeah, but this is Democratic politics we're talking about. "Limits" is a nonsequeteur in that context.
A Republican who said that a Democrat's deceased father woulda been ashamed of him would end his political career.
I know a lot of the folks here are good people and have common sense...it's probably a feeling of resignation that keeps Byrdbrain in power. The previous Republican governor we had, Bob Wise, was a real lightweight. It would literally take an act of God to kill the Democratic Party in WV.
John Raese: YOU GO BOY!!!
Robert Byrd: Is that old fart gonna live forever? He needs to go on home to be with The Lord.
Oh, if only it were true!
Byrd is 89.
Kinda embarassing that he won't retire.
You know what happens when you make an assumption :)
But he was still a goofball. Remember the photos of him? He looked like John Astin as Gomez Addams.
Byrd tried to sell his soul to the Devil so that he could be in the Senate forever, but the Devil said, "Keep it. It's so shriveled up it's practically worthless to me anyway. But I'll go ahead and give you your wish. We've got enough politicians down here as it is."
The deceased aren't off limts to the dems. Funerals are their favorite place for political rallies, remember Wellstone? And those people who have permanent residence in cemetaries are an important block of their voting base. My father who was from WV always said Kennedy carried the state due to whisky bought miners and dead people.
Hopefully, this will knock Byrd down a few points, maybe even below 60%. Unfortunately, this race isn't in play.
The polls don't give him much of a chance. Rasmussen has it 63% to 30% in a poll on 11 September.
I think you mean Byrd SHOULD BE IN an institution in WVA?
Are they going to debate? If they do, who is going to prop old senator byrdshiite up? He can't stay awake longer than 10 minutes.
Weekend at Byrdies...
Well, good for him...can we send him some of our "Cali-Mexi" gangbanger spraypaint 'artists' to add their touch to all those "Robert Sheets Byrd Memorial - (fill in the blank)" plaques?
I live in WV, and that 63-30 figure soesn't make much sense, since 30% is the base Republican registration, and a GOP candidate always get lots of secretly-Republican Democrat votes. Four years ago, Jay Wolfe with absolutely no RNCC funding, and much more than $100,000 self-raised, got 37% against Rockefeller. Also, Raese has been prominently advertising his pro-gun, pro-life sympathies. (He showed up at yesterday's West Virginians for Life convention and is proud of their endorsement, whereas Byrd has voted pro-life about 10% of the time.)
I agree with the previous comment that all this money rolled into the state in a pork barrel doesn't have anything to do with reinforcing a sustainable economic base.
How much longer will we have the Rocky and Byrdwinkle show?
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