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Democrats digging harder than ever for dirt on Republicans
Washington Post ^ | 07/07/10 | Phillip Rucker

Posted on 07/07/2010 6:38:43 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The Democratic Party is moving faster and more aggressively than in previous election years to dig up unflattering details about Republican challengers. In House races from New Jersey to Ohio to California, Democratic operatives are seizing on evidence of GOP candidates' unpaid income taxes, property tax breaks and ties to financial firms that received taxpayer bailout money.

In recent weeks, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has circulated information to local reporters about Republican candidates in close races. Among the claims:

-- That Jim Renacci of Ohio once owed nearly $1.4 million in unpaid state taxes.

-- That David Harmer of California received $160,000 in bonus and severance pay from a firm that got a federal bailout.

-- That Jon Runyan of New Jersey got a legal break in property taxes for his 25-acre homestead by qualifying for a farmland assessment thanks to his four donkeys.

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; dccc; dirtytricks; dncstrategy; election2010; ratsactinglikerats; schumer

1 posted on 07/07/2010 6:38:49 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Pretty minor stuff there.


2 posted on 07/07/2010 6:42:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

If that doesn’t work well, just make up crap. The drivebys will run with it and...


3 posted on 07/07/2010 6:44:12 AM PDT by CPOSharky (They ain't "illegals." They are just unregistered democrats.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

From the party that brought us killer Kennedy, Ku Klux Klan Kleagle Byrd, and the “Kountless Krooks” from Illinois (including the t*rd in Chief)?

Gimme a break.


4 posted on 07/07/2010 6:44:28 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

They must find dirt, because their ideology has now been put into practice and found to be completely wrong for America......they can’t win on the merits of their beliefs.


5 posted on 07/07/2010 6:44:44 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: cripplecreek
Minor stuff but the point is to get anything at all to the mainstream media, who'll start beating the drum on their behalf.

The dirtbags in the press will happily carry fiction if need be.

With marxists its all about winning at any costs.

6 posted on 07/07/2010 6:47:38 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The Democrat GAS method for a winning election strategy -

Grasping At Straws.


7 posted on 07/07/2010 6:52:26 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

With odumbo in office we dont need to dig much at all


8 posted on 07/07/2010 6:52:30 AM PDT by italianquaker (obama all hat no cattle)
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To: cripplecreek

Its their only hope, too throw enough dirt.


9 posted on 07/07/2010 6:55:43 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Those don’t even qualify for a cabinet position.


10 posted on 07/07/2010 6:57:12 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

REMEMBER:

10 percent unemployment
12 Trillion dollars in debt
1 Trillion in yearly deficits
Failed Stimulus
GROWING government
Healthcare monstrosity no one wanted
BP Oil DISASTER
Democrat Corruption
FAIL, FAIL, FAIL


11 posted on 07/07/2010 7:01:11 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

And, if they “have to” tell lies about their political opponents,and smear them every which way from Sunday, they are only doing it because they “have to” get elected, don’cha know?
That’s why Robert Byrd became a KKK grand wizard. He “had to” do it to get elected. So, anything they “have to” do is just ok.


12 posted on 07/07/2010 7:02:41 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
This is the Leftist way.

In so many arguments that I've had with people on the Left, they go right to insults when they run out of facts.

They don't have any good ideas to campaign on, so their only hope is to dig up dirt on the Right.

Democrat Serial Killer racist la Raza member: “Did you hear that the Republican senator threw a candy wrapper on the ground? Unclean! Unclean!”

Dem Politician that took $5 million in bribes : “You can’t elect my vile colleague from across the aisle. He once had a library book that was not turned in until 52 DAYS after the due date!!!”

Dem who drove into the river and let his female companion drown: “We cannot sit idly by and allow a Republican *spits* to be put on the ballot who actually got not one, but TWO parking tickets within a 48 month period. I'm shocked, SHOCKED! and disgusted that the other side would stoop to allowing such vermin to possibly represent them!”

13 posted on 07/07/2010 7:08:10 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This article does make at least one valid point, even if it is subtle. Repubs and conservative candidates should point out Obama’s flaws and how bad things have been, but they need to make sure to focus on how that’s affecting their local areas. There’s an old saying, “The mob is fickle”. Voters may not like the high unemployment and weak economy, but if your campaigning in an area that still has a fairly strong employment picture, the voters are not going to latch onto that issue as strongly as say voters in an area where businesses are leaving. The point is that we (ie conservatives) do ourselves a huge disservice to believe we can just sit on our asses and let the bad environment do the work for us. This debate has to be framed not only nationally but also on the local level as well.


14 posted on 07/07/2010 7:11:12 AM PDT by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
That Jon Runyan of New Jersey got a legal break in property taxes for his 25-acre homestead by qualifying for a farmland assessment thanks to his four donkeys.

Oh..

My..

GOD!!!!!


15 posted on 07/07/2010 7:12:12 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I’m wondering if and when Marco Rubio will make an issue of the fact Charlie Crist said in February 2008 he’d consider slavery reparations.

Hello??? MARCO???


16 posted on 07/07/2010 7:14:57 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

They seem almost,,,,frightened.


17 posted on 07/07/2010 7:18:07 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Where is the Republican party?


18 posted on 07/07/2010 7:21:31 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Because they have no idea what to do for the country (outside their usual tax the shit out of us; spend even more). All they can do is try and drag others down into the gutter with them.

Despicable people..

19 posted on 07/07/2010 7:23:59 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: cripplecreek
Yeah it's all minor but for the sheeple that won't read past the headlines all they will see is the charge. The Rat's know many voters are ignorant.
20 posted on 07/07/2010 7:27:23 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: ladyvet

Which is why we should hammer the democrats with headlines like “Pete Stark mocks constituents” and “Pete Stark, admits that American debt makes him rich”.


21 posted on 07/07/2010 7:31:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
I agree but the neutered GOP won't and if they did they would just turn around and apologize for it.
22 posted on 07/07/2010 7:35:32 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Da Coyote
From the party that brought us killer Kennedy, Ku Klux Klan Kleagle Byrd, and the “Kountless Krooks” from Illinois (including the t*rd in Chief)?

Don't forget the House post office check kiters like Dan "Rosty" Rostenkowski.

23 posted on 07/07/2010 7:37:06 AM PDT by Kudsman (A lifetime of public service = a lifetime of getting serviced by the public.- Mark Steyn)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Our intelligence agents already know the dirt on Pelosi, Reid, Zero, et al. They know the truth and are, obviously, too gutless to expose it.


24 posted on 07/07/2010 7:39:14 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Republicans could just show line by line the taxes that Americans will be hit with under this health care law...for instance a tax on special needs children’s medical care. Show the tax and the pg. # it is found on in the bill.


25 posted on 07/07/2010 7:52:43 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger (Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,")
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To: ScottinVA
I have a property tax "break" (it is really a deferral) on my property and all I grow is trees. I will get taxed on the income from the trees when I harvest.

We are not getting hand outs only incentives to grow stuff. We are being good stewards.

26 posted on 07/07/2010 8:05:43 AM PDT by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
It doesn't matter. They are the party in charge, as has been the case for the past 4 years, and they will be paying the price in November.
27 posted on 07/07/2010 8:10:16 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason (ClimateScandal.org)
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To: ScottinVA

How about Charlie Crists Palm Beach fundraiser buddy who was just indicted.

MSM silence to their favority closet dweller.


28 posted on 07/07/2010 8:26:24 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Meanwhile, the investigation of Shore Bank in Illinois, with many connections to NObama is closed with no further comment.

If a Republican has a chronic hangnail & toe fungus- it becomes media front page stuff.

Any Lieberal can do as they please, & nary a peep from the media.

Nobama & the Dems may well crash & burn in November, & the media may well signal their own demise at the same time.


29 posted on 07/07/2010 9:16:07 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: thirst4truth
We are not getting hand outs only incentives to grow stuff. We are being good stewards.

No worries. You know I was being SARC-y, right?

30 posted on 07/07/2010 9:25:13 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Lame...

-- That Jim Renacci of Ohio once owed nearly $1.4 million in unpaid state taxes.

Key words: "Once owed"

-- That David Harmer of California received $160,000 in bonus and severance pay from a firm that got a federal bailout.

Who wouldn't take money that's given to them for work? This says more about the federal govt and the bailouts than it does about Harmer.

-- That Jon Runyan of New Jersey got a legal break in property taxes for his 25-acre homestead by qualifying for a farmland assessment thanks to his four donkeys.

Key words: "legal break". No doubt thanks to the dems in congress who created such a ridiculous tax break.

31 posted on 07/07/2010 10:54:20 AM PDT by lwd
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To: ScottinVA

Yes of course, especially with your OMG remark, made me laugh!!


32 posted on 07/07/2010 11:34:51 AM PDT by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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To: LeonardFMason

THAT THERE IS A BILLBOARD opportunity. You said it all very PLAINLY. GOOD job.


33 posted on 07/07/2010 12:46:45 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Quote; “Jon Vogel, executive director of the DCCC, said Democrats are merely pointing out that some Republican recruits in competitive House races are “flawed candidates.”

Right, and Chris Christie was, gulp, fat. If that is their definition of a flawed candidate, I say better those flawed candidates than the flawed incumbents we have now that are drunk on power and ruining this country. One thing is for certain. If this is the kind of stuff the democrats are going to rely on, then it is crucial that Republicans stick, regligiously stick to the substance. It will make this kind of stuff backfire on the democrats big time.

34 posted on 07/07/2010 1:31:34 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: Da Coyote; LucyJo
From the party that brought us killer Kennedy, Ku Klux Klan Kleagle Byrd, .....

Someone with better knowledge will correct me, but I thought Robert Byrd was an Exalted Cyclops, which is if I understand it correctly, on about the level of president of a union local, or chairman of a local lodge.

35 posted on 07/07/2010 4:32:24 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: cripplecreek
The effing Washington Post carried it - they spread the word for dems. It might be minor - but it got play.

The story about Black Panthers voter intimidation case being dumped didn't get a line. The Washington Post doesn't care about voter intimidation unless the "right racial group" is the victim... In short they're a racist newspaper.

The MSM does what it can to get their boys elected. Any conservative subscribing to these papers might as well donate the money directly to the DNC ...

36 posted on 07/08/2010 5:41:02 AM PDT by GOPJ (There is nothing unexpected about the failure of socialism/communism.freeper pieceofthepuzzle)
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To: lentulusgracchus
I think the point is the MSM covered for Byrd for decades. If a Republican had been a member of the KKK it would have been "out there" until he resigned.

With a dem, there's no horror too great the MSM won't cover for it, IF it's one of their own. Kennedy killing, Kennedy rape, Clinton rape charges, Clinton sexual harassment, KKK membership, voter intimidation by black panthers, conservatives beat up by Union goons... the list is endless when it comes to their boys...They cover for 'em.

PASS OUT THE PASSES... dems ARE the MSM teacher's pets...

If you have doubt, contrast this with what Dan Rather was almost able to pull off - a lie - a fabrication about George Bush that the MSM ran with - why check it out if it trashes a Republican? Run with the story - quick - before it found to be a lie.

Has any paper EVER retracted a story that trashed a dem because the facts "weren't there"? No. Never. Check those facts one more time.... If it's something that trashes dems, they are ever soooooooo careful. Has there ever been a story that ran that trashed Republicans that had to be retracted because the story was a lie? YES. Many.

They - the MSM - ARE the haters. Eff the Washington Post. Eff the New York Times.

37 posted on 07/08/2010 5:53:45 AM PDT by GOPJ (There is nothing unexpected about the failure of socialism/communism.freeper pieceofthepuzzle)
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To: lentulusgracchus
You may be correct about Robert Byrd's title and position in the KKK. Guess I should have researched it myself rather than take what I had read and heard as fact, although his actual position wasn't relevent to the point I was making.

The fact that a Republican had signed up as a member of the KKK at age 18, and only attended one meeting, would have been enough for the Dems and the State Controlled Media to use to destroy him. Yet, we have Dems, who have used racism charges against Republicans for decades, defending an actual segregationist in the Dem Party, and saying he did what he had to do to get elected.

My point is that the Dems and our national "journalists" will tell lies big enough to choke any good mule, but apparently not big enough to choke that bunch of Jackasses.

38 posted on 07/08/2010 12:13:44 PM PDT by LucyJo
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