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West Virginia Senate Battle Turns Ugly as Byrd Uses Raese's Father
National Ledger ^ | 9/30/06 | Jim Kouri

Posted on 10/01/2006 12:03:15 PM PDT by wagglebee

West Virginia GOP senatorial candidate John Raese slapped back at Senator Robert Byrd’s reference to Raese’s 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, “(Raese’s) 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 Byrd’s 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 Byrd’s 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 wouldn’t be me.”


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: byrd; democrats; johnraese; kkk; kukluxklan; robertbyrd; sheetsbyrd

1 posted on 10/01/2006 12:03:16 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee
That's going to leave a mark.

Does this guy Raese have any chance? I'd send him money after reading the above.
2 posted on 10/01/2006 12:05:11 PM PDT by Republican Red ("There’s God, then there’s the president and then there’s my father.”- 6 yr old Jack Roberts)
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To: Republican Red

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.


3 posted on 10/01/2006 12:06:33 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ping.


4 posted on 10/01/2006 12:07:22 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

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.


5 posted on 10/01/2006 12:08:10 PM PDT by fireman43
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To: wagglebee
demokkkRATs.
6 posted on 10/01/2006 12:10:12 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: wagglebee

THIS, Senator Dole, is one of the people you SHOULD of been supporting rather than Chafee.


7 posted on 10/01/2006 12:10:40 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Kobach: Amnesty is going from an illegal to a legal position, without imposing the original penalty.)
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To: wagglebee

That's a real sleazy thing for him to do. I thought the deceased were off limits in politics?


8 posted on 10/01/2006 12:10:45 PM PDT by Black Guy who is a Republican
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To: wagglebee

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.


9 posted on 10/01/2006 12:11:29 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: wagglebee
Is DEMOCRAT Byrd considered Grand Kleagle Emeritus of the Ku Klux Klan?

Did the West Virginia Ku Klux Klan merge with the DEMOCRAT Party, or are they seperate organizations?

10 posted on 10/01/2006 12:13:05 PM PDT by Savage Beast ( 9/11 was never repeated thanks to President George W. Bush.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


11 posted on 10/01/2006 12:13:26 PM PDT by Reily
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To: wagglebee
By contrast, according to Senator Byrd’s autobiography, his father was taking him to Ku Klux Klan meetings

LOLOL! Very very good comeback.

12 posted on 10/01/2006 12:14:21 PM PDT by what's up
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To: wagglebee

13 posted on 10/01/2006 12:17:30 PM PDT by rickmichaels (God Bless America, Land That I Love...)
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To: wagglebee

That picture of Sheets Byrd needs to be spread as widely as possible!!!


14 posted on 10/01/2006 12:17:38 PM PDT by piytar
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To: wagglebee

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?


15 posted on 10/01/2006 12:20:58 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: wagglebee

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.


16 posted on 10/01/2006 12:21:29 PM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: Reily

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.


17 posted on 10/01/2006 12:22:11 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

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.


18 posted on 10/01/2006 12:22:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: wagglebee
The guy is so senile he don't even know if he has pants on..JT
19 posted on 10/01/2006 12:23:35 PM PDT by Beth528
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To: Black Guy who is a Republican

Byrd is senile. Not a slur, just fact.


20 posted on 10/01/2006 12:24:42 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: wagglebee

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?


21 posted on 10/01/2006 12:25:36 PM PDT by aristole (AND JUST WHAT WAS THE KKK DOING DURING BYRD'S DAYS WITH THE GANG)
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To: Republican Red
byrd is an institution in WVA. he will keep getting reelected until they carry his a$$ out of the senate in a box. and by then, there won't be a public building in WVA that isn't named after him.
22 posted on 10/01/2006 12:26:12 PM PDT by smonk
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To: wagglebee

23 posted on 10/01/2006 12:31:47 PM PDT by Beth528
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To: everyone

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.


24 posted on 10/01/2006 12:33:41 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: wagglebee

He's a dumb-o-crat, did you expect something truthfull and plesent? Those words do not exist the this bunch.


25 posted on 10/01/2006 12:34:16 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: wagglebee
His father would be supporting me today I feel if he were alive

Considering Byrd is a Democrat, I am surprised he would consider mere death a limitation of Raese Senior's support.

26 posted on 10/01/2006 12:35:34 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Black Guy who is a Republican

" I thought the deceased were off limits in politics?"

They still vote in democratic precincts.


27 posted on 10/01/2006 12:38:16 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: wagglebee

"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

28 posted on 10/01/2006 12:39:55 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: Republican Red

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.


29 posted on 10/01/2006 1:11:45 PM PDT by Ma3lst0rm (Liberalism is a disease of wishful thinking, spoiled brattiness, and ego.)
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To: wagglebee

ping


30 posted on 10/01/2006 1:19:53 PM PDT by SideoutFred (Save us from the Looney Left)
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To: Black Guy who is a Republican
I thought the deceased were off limits in politics?
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.


31 posted on 10/01/2006 1:31:52 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: wagglebee
Byrdbrain became this state's chief source of income after the oil and mining industry went bust.

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.

32 posted on 10/01/2006 1:32:46 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: wagglebee

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.


33 posted on 10/01/2006 1:37:26 PM PDT by no dems (I'll take a moral Mormon over a demonic Democrat or repugnant RINO anyday.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Byrd is in his mid-80s.

Oh, if only it were true!

Byrd is 89.

Kinda embarassing that he won't retire.

34 posted on 10/01/2006 1:43:34 PM PDT by zbigreddogz
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Wise was a Democrat!
Underwood was the last GOP'er!
Underwood holds the distinction for being the youngest Governor elected (1956) and the oldest Governor (1992....maybe 1996). each time he only served on term and was fairly ineffective in both cases. Of course he was up against unbelievably Democrat majorities.
35 posted on 10/01/2006 2:09:05 PM PDT by Reily
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To: no dems
Robert Byrd: Is that old fart gonna live forever? He needs to go on home to be with The Lord.

You know what happens when you make an assumption :)

36 posted on 10/01/2006 2:18:23 PM PDT by upchuck (Q:Why does President Bush support amnesty for illegal aliens? A:Read this: http://tinyurl.com/nyvno)
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To: Reily
D'oh! You're right! Why did I think he was a Republican???

But he was still a goofball. Remember the photos of him? He looked like John Astin as Gomez Addams.

37 posted on 10/01/2006 2:44:18 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: upchuck

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."


38 posted on 10/01/2006 2:46:49 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Wise always reminded me of a bad copy of California's Waxman.
39 posted on 10/01/2006 2:54:01 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Black Guy who is a Republican

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.


40 posted on 10/01/2006 3:05:14 PM PDT by kalee
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To: Republican Red

Hopefully, this will knock Byrd down a few points, maybe even below 60%. Unfortunately, this race isn't in play.


41 posted on 10/01/2006 4:13:35 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Nihilism is at the heart of Islamic culture)
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To: Republican Red

The polls don't give him much of a chance. Rasmussen has it 63% to 30% in a poll on 11 September.


42 posted on 10/01/2006 5:14:57 PM PDT by JLS
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To: smonk
byrd is an institution in WVA. he will keep getting reelected until they carry his a$$ out of the senate in a box. and by then, there won't be a public building in WVA that isn't named after him.

I think you mean Byrd SHOULD BE IN an institution in WVA?

43 posted on 10/01/2006 5:22:41 PM PDT by SMM48
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To: wagglebee
“I know who my father would be ashamed of, and it wouldn’t be me.”

Bitch slap.

44 posted on 10/01/2006 5:23:28 PM PDT by norton
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To: JLS

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.


45 posted on 10/01/2006 5:27:25 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: wagglebee
"His father would be supporting me today I feel if he were alive. Well, then again...this is a Dem state...Now that I think about it, he's actually been voting for me every election since he passed on...heheh...”
46 posted on 10/01/2006 5:27:50 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (What man doesn't know about God's creation is still enough to fill a universe...)
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To: USS Alaska
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...

47 posted on 10/01/2006 5:28:46 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (What man doesn't know about God's creation is still enough to fill a universe...)
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To: wagglebee
He's got more stuff named after him there than Saddam did in Iraq.

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?

48 posted on 10/01/2006 5:30:49 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: JLS

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?





49 posted on 10/01/2006 5:35:23 PM PDT by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: wildandcrazyrussian
Yep. After 75 years or so of Democrat mis-rule, WV doesn't have a single bluechip company located in the state.

For one thing, the worker's comp rates are the highest in the land. Add to that a judiciary that is stacked with leftists whose idea of fairness is to rape any company that falls into their clutches, and you have a recipe for economic failure.

Gonna take the electoral equivalent of a revolution to turn it around.
50 posted on 10/01/2006 5:40:09 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (What man doesn't know about God's creation is still enough to fill a universe...)
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