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Harkin campaign manager quits
Des Moines Register ^ | Posted at 17:59 on 09/27/2002 | Des Moines Register

Posted on 09/27/2002 4:52:29 PM PDT by tomball

Edited on 05/25/2004 2:46:38 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said this afternoon that his campaign manager and a low-level staffer had resigned over a "Dennis the Menace caper" in which a meeting of his opponent's campaign was secretly taped, then leaked to a reporter.

"It appears these shenanigans were the work of one young staffer who didn't have enough supervision," the Democrat said.


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1 posted on 09/27/2002 4:52:29 PM PDT by tomball
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There's fuzzy math in this thing... the Young Staffer, who's 21 - so that's the CAMPAIGN MANAGER? Tape made by a 53-year old? Am I as think as I drunk I am? LOL
2 posted on 09/27/2002 5:01:07 PM PDT by GirlShortstop
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To: GirlShortstop
Am I reading this correctly? The 21 year old has that much control? Forget the staffers resigning. How about Harkin?
3 posted on 09/27/2002 5:02:37 PM PDT by Plunge Protection Team
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To: GirlShortstop
I would love to find out what Harkin said about Linda Tripp's taping of Monica.
4 posted on 09/27/2002 5:02:52 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: tomball; PhiKapMom; Molly Pitcher; Mo1; Howlin; Miss Marple
Harkin imloding!!!
5 posted on 09/27/2002 5:03:32 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog
imploding.....sheesh
6 posted on 09/27/2002 5:04:16 PM PDT by Dog
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To: GirlShortstop
Nah... the math is right... It's common practice in the demo-rat party to pair 50-ish men with women in their early 20s - especially for 'undercover' stuff.... ;0)
7 posted on 09/27/2002 5:05:43 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: tomball
You mean that if John Mitchell had resigned, Nixon wouldn't have had to resign?
8 posted on 09/27/2002 5:05:46 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: tomball

"It appears these shenanigans were the work of one young staffer who didn't have enough supervision," the Democrat lying socialist bastard said.

9 posted on 09/27/2002 5:06:41 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: tomball
another lame demorat
10 posted on 09/27/2002 5:13:06 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: tomkat
"It appears these shenanigans were the work of one young staffer who didn't have
enough supervision," the Democrat lying socialist bastard said.


LOL!
Well, at least Mrs. Harkin has a sane bone in her body.
A year or two ago, it was revealed in (IIRC) Senator Harkin's personal
wealth disclosure that the Mrs. has a fair-sized chunk of stock in
Conoco, one of those EEEVVVIIILLL oil companies.
(Or course, that is or will soon be Conoco-Phillips, due to the merger).

My memory may fail me, but I think Mrs. Harkin had something like $500,000
of the Conoco shares.
11 posted on 09/27/2002 5:13:53 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Dog
Conley was a congressional aide to Harkin in the mid-1970s, but the senator said he barely recalls him. "I can't remember the last time I saw this guy."

Sure .. Right ..keep talking

12 posted on 09/27/2002 5:14:26 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Dog
Tom Harkin does not implode. This prairie socialist will stand alongside "Comrade Fidel" and fight for socialism to his last dying breath. Too bad the people of IA can't understand what kind of philosophy that they have underwritten all the years. And they say IA has about the best public schools in the nation! Undoubtedly IA schools have not taught much history in recent years, or the children haven't learned their lessons at any rate. Just looking at the sanctimonious Harkin in the trial of AR Bill made me want to throw up!
13 posted on 09/27/2002 5:14:39 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Plunge Protection Team; GirlShortstop
The campaign manager resigned because someone under him, namely the 21 year old girl who also resigned, instructed this 51 year old supporter to tape the Ganske speech and report back.

By the way PPT- you need to do your job a bit better. Sheesh! :-)

14 posted on 09/27/2002 5:19:11 PM PDT by William McKinley
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To: tomball
Harkin said no crime was committed. He acknowledged, however, that the taping was done at the request of one of his staff members, Rafael Ruthchild, 21. Harkin said no one else on his staff knew about the request.

Excuse me Mr.Democrat, but remember what YOUR party did to Linda Tripp?

15 posted on 09/27/2002 5:19:48 PM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: tomball
Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat and one of the 100 Senate "jurors" in the trial, denounced the "reckless" and "partisan" impeachment action by the House, calling the case "a pile of dung."

Now caught fastening his trousers over his own pile of dung, Harkin blamed a lack of supervision.

Where does the dung buck stop, Senator? Tell us when you're finished covering Uranus.

16 posted on 09/27/2002 5:20:47 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: tomball
Things look bad, but Zogby will come to the rescue and announce Harkin is up by fifteen in his latest poll.
17 posted on 09/27/2002 5:27:46 PM PDT by PianoMan
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To: William McKinley; Plunge Protection Team
Wait! that's three people, isn't it?demoRat quote alludes to two people
I still say think it's fuzzy math.
18 posted on 09/27/2002 5:27:47 PM PDT by GirlShortstop
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To: Chad Fairbanks
You are SOOOOOO BAD!
19 posted on 09/27/2002 5:30:07 PM PDT by justshe
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To: tomball
I'm trying to figure out how you guys know that Raphael Ruthchild is a woman. Last I heard, Raphael is a man's name. Not that that means anything these days.
20 posted on 09/27/2002 5:31:06 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: VOA
My memory may fail me, but I think Mrs. Harkin had something like $500,000 of the Conoco shares.

Harkin comes back to Iowa during campaigns and touts his Iowan roots. However, the truth is that he and his lobbyist wife live in a mansion in the Bahamas. Believe me, he NEVER talks about his radical support of abortion or his butt-kissin' support of the Clintonistas during impeachment! Most Iowans are clueless about national politics. He has scammed Iowans for years with his act. Sadly, the elderly here buy it cuz he spreads the "Republicans want to steal your S.S./Medicare" lie and because the teacher's unions here are so powerful.

The whole thing is really pathetic. I pray for a Ganske victory.

21 posted on 09/27/2002 5:32:25 PM PDT by PLK
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To: justshe
Thanks... I try ;0)

Good to see ya!
22 posted on 09/27/2002 5:33:27 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Iowa Granny
Ping
23 posted on 09/27/2002 5:35:12 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: Cicero
Hey, these are dems we are talking about - does it really matter whether Raphael is a man or a woman?

Either way, we know that he/she was working on the staff of a democratic congressmen...
24 posted on 09/27/2002 5:35:40 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Theodore R.
And they say IA has about the best public schools in the nation!

A big lie. The reason Iowa school children score so well on standardized exams is due totally to demographics, NOTHING else. In cities that attract minorities and others seeking "services," the scores are nothing to brag about. If you look at the stats regarding student achievement and demographics, this fact becomes obvious. Demographics, not spending or politics, determines student achievement.

25 posted on 09/27/2002 5:36:50 PM PDT by PLK
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Watching the decline of the Democrats is like some surreal Shakespearean Play, except a lot easier to understand! The decline of liberalism will be best chronichled here on this forum, Man, what a great time to be alive!
26 posted on 09/27/2002 5:38:19 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: tomball
In proud the proud al gore tradition, he's "reinventing" himself.
27 posted on 09/27/2002 5:40:23 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: tomball
"It appears these shenanigans were the work of one young staffer who didn't have enough supervision," the

Democrat

said.
28 posted on 09/27/2002 5:41:36 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: Chad Fairbanks
common practice in the demo-rat party to pair 50-ish men with women in their early 20

The 21-year-old is named "Rafael," which is a guy (or a ninja turtle). Of course, both of them being guys puts me in mind of another common practice on that side of the aisle.

Let's consider the mighty morphing manure-smellin' story that Harkin has put out:

  1. My campaign had nothing to do with it.
  2. Oh, this clown used to be on my campaign? Well, no one currently on my campaign is involved. "I don't remember this guy."
  3. Oh, the reporter got the transcript from someone on my campaign? Well, we sure didn't do it, and if we did it, wasn't anything underhanded.
  4. Oh, we did prepare the transcript? Well, we're not really sure because we lawyered everybody up. "We have to protect them from the VRWC."
  5. Oh, it was one of my (deniably, expendably junior) staffers that put the guy up to his cut-rate Austin Powers act after all? Well, we'll fire the kid.
  6. You're still talkin' 'bout that? Can't we just move on?
On the plus side, given the Democrat predilection for distracting the proles from domestic diddling with some foreign fireworks, maybe Harkin will vote for the war resolution... insha'allah.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

29 posted on 09/27/2002 5:41:45 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F
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To: roses of sharon
Sen. Harkin...

And on January 12, the independent counsel met with Linda Tripp and gave her immunity for her illegal taping of Ms. Lewinsky and yet never asked her not to pass on Paula Jones attorney the contacts of those -- the contents of those illegal tapes, which we now know that she did the very night before they deposed the president.

30 posted on 09/27/2002 5:44:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: tomball
Harkin said he takes ultimate responsibility for the incident. "I apologize to my fellow Iowans for allowing this to happen," he said.

What's this mean? He takes "ultimate responsibility" but pays no cost? Just words . . .

31 posted on 09/27/2002 5:45:22 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: tomball
Senator Harken is an old '60's type lib who has been in Iowa so long, he thinks he deserves the role of Senate gadfly. Ganske has a real outside chance to dethrone this liberal if Pubs will go to the polls. Bush only lost Iowa by a few thousand votes. I just e-mailed the Des Moines Register asking why Iowans keep sending this lunkhead back to the Senate. I also mentioned that Iowans do not seem to be the type of voters who like spies and corruption. Who knows? The public put up with the WH adulterer and crook so maybe Iowa will give Harken a pass. I pray not.
32 posted on 09/27/2002 5:47:31 PM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: Criminal Number 18F
ah yes, plausible deniability ... thanks for the reminder that this was version number 5 of the truth!
33 posted on 09/27/2002 5:49:04 PM PDT by WOSG
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To: Criminal Number 18F
That reads better than the article... lol
34 posted on 09/27/2002 5:49:24 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Brilliant
"You mean that if John Mitchell had resigned, Nixon wouldn't have had to
resign?"

Yup, you've got it! Harkin takes "full responsibility" so his manager "resigns." SURE!

What a crock!
35 posted on 09/27/2002 5:49:43 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
After reading this thread all the way thru, I called the Ganske campaign office, I spoke with Mr. Armistadt, who is the campaign mgr. and asked about "Ralphie". Ralphie is male. He is the same staffer who has followed Ganske all over the state,, almost stalking. Ralphies job was to video tape the Ganske speeches.

This taping is a common tactic amongst Democrat campaigns. One candidate has taken to making a special introduction of his "stalker" at each campaign stop.
36 posted on 09/27/2002 5:56:26 PM PDT by Iowa Granny
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To: GirlShortstop; Plunge Protection Team
You guys missed the most important "fact" here......

Harkin said no crime was committed. He acknowledged, however, that the taping was done at the request of one of his staff members, Rafael Ruthchild, 21. Harkin said no one else on his staff knew about the request.

That is our que to say, "Oh, ok - as long as no funny business went on all is forgiven."

I left my home state when I was 19. And for the last 10 years, I have been trying to convince my Mom that Democrats are bent on destroying this country and it's way of life. I get a better response from a brick wall.

The good news is that the Rat party took Iowa by approx 5,000 votes in 2000.

They are not all beyond hope back there. I do pray.

LVM

37 posted on 09/27/2002 5:57:12 PM PDT by LasVegasMac
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To: PLK
And they say IA has about the best public schools in the nation!

A big lie.

Albuquerque, New Mexico's public school system drew its former superintendant from Iowa.

Brad Allison went nuts, was fired for a myriad of failings including drug and alcohol abuse, and wound up costing the system hundreds of thousands of dollars--just to get rid of him.

The dung piles are high and wide in Iowa.

38 posted on 09/27/2002 5:58:45 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: tomball
Harkin: "the devil made me do it"
39 posted on 09/27/2002 6:01:45 PM PDT by The Wizard
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To: Theodore R.
And they say IA has about the best public schools in the nation!

Well consider that statement for a minute. Who says they are the best and by whose and what criteria? The governments?

40 posted on 09/27/2002 6:04:35 PM PDT by TigersEye
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To: Theodore R.
As long as Harkin keeps the agricultural pork gray train running, the people of IA will continue to send his sorry ass back to Washington. It's a sad truth.
41 posted on 09/27/2002 6:05:51 PM PDT by Bush2000
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To: Bush2000
Don't give up because it took Arkansas way too long to get rid of the nasty Democrat criminals and we're STILL trying to keep them out of public office.

I use to think there wasn't much difference in the two parties but that's not true. One party is held accountable for their lies and criminal behavior and the other is not.

42 posted on 09/27/2002 6:10:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Thud
A stupid self-inflicted campaign wound ping!
43 posted on 09/27/2002 6:27:00 PM PDT by Dark Wing
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To: Dark Wing
Let's hope the wound is bad.
44 posted on 09/27/2002 6:32:07 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Mo1
McDermott, the other democrat who passed illegal tapes to the media, is in Baghdad right now, with David Bonior.
45 posted on 09/27/2002 6:38:23 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: The Wizard
They have a radio debate scheduled for Sunday...that's why Harkin acted so quickly to end this, and he's hoping, to be able to say he had taken care of it. He wants to keep the stink away from himself.

Blame it on someone else...yeah, that's the ticket!

46 posted on 09/27/2002 6:41:45 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: tomball
[The tape allegedly was made by Brian Conley, 53, of Des Moines. Conley was invited to the small Ganske event, said David Wiggins, a West Des Moines lawyer Harkin hired to investigate cover-up the matter.]
47 posted on 09/27/2002 6:42:17 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: TigersEye
And they say IA has about the best public schools in the nation!
Well consider that statement for a minute. Who says they are the best and by whose and what criteria? The governments?

Actually yes, the NEA says so, but my kids go to private school. The best and the brightest move away as soon as they can anyway.

"Iowa students are bringing home some of the best report cards in every subject in the latest NAEPs (National Assessments of Education Progress): Iowa ranks 6th in the nation in proportion of 4th graders with high scores in reading. *NCES, Digest of Educational Statistics 1999. Iowa ranks 8th in proportion of public school 4th graders scoring at the highest two levels in math. The proportion of Iowa 4th graders who scored at the highest two levels in math increased by 27% between 1996 and 2000. *NCES, Nation’s Report Card: Mathematics 2000. August, 2001. Iowa ranks 2nd in the nation for having the highest percentage of public school 4th graders scoring at the highest two levels in science. *NCES, Nation's Report Card: State Science 2000 Reports. November, 2001.
etc, etc

48 posted on 09/27/2002 6:43:00 PM PDT by idkfa
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Nah... the math is right... It's common practice in the demo-rat party to pair 50-ish men with women in their early 20s - especially for 'undercover' stuff.... ;0)

HEY! It's just their PRIVATE lives! Oh. Er. Guess not. WELL nobody cares about that stuff anyway! Just ask Carville. LOL.

49 posted on 09/27/2002 6:44:48 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: tomball
Harkin I barely remember this guy:I did not have tape with this guy not one time did i ask this guy to lie.
What a sack of s#it these two slime bags are.I bet he calls bill clinton ten times a day.Hey mr x prez how do I lie my way out of this.You know you are the best at lying so tell me.
50 posted on 09/27/2002 6:44:55 PM PDT by solo gringo
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