Today’s special election in the 18th State Senate District has the Commonwealth achatter. Who will pull it off? Democrat Robin Webb or Republican Jack Ditty? Who knows? We just know there have been a ton of nasty attacks. We’ve examined the attacks from Democrats. Now let’s take a look at those from Republicans.
Beyond allegations of bused in canvassers staying at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson for free (isn’t that an illegal campaign contribution?), lots of apparent obfuscation about whether Ditty treats Medicaid patients (locals say he doesn’t), and the typical lies spewed from Frankfort hot heads, we thought it’d be interesting to examine mail pieces.
Like this attack piece from the Republican Party of Kentucky:
It first alleges that Robin Webb voted against providing health care to “seriously ill, uninsured” residents of Kentucky. That couldn’t be further from reality. House Bill 517 in the 2000 legislative session wasn’t a health care bill for the people. It was put forth by some of the most conservative members of the State House and protected HMOs. What the legislation did was remove the requirement for HMOs and physicians to cover their members/patients while hospitalized with a “hospitalist” – someone often more familiar with the hospital the patient is in than the patient’s primary care physician.
Funny how the RPK attacks Webb for allegedly working against health care while at the same time supporting health care reform pushed by President Barack Obama. Oooh, scary black man wants to give us all food stamps and gubmint cheese, right? Jesus H. Isn’t the fear-filled spin great?
Or what about this cute little mailer about supporting expanded gambling? The top Republicans in the state fly all over the country to gamble but continue to turn the other cheek. The plan Steve Beshear put forth may have given a monopoly to five businesses and it might have sucked, but at least he provided a plan (never mind that he couldn’t get it through – twice).
So scary! Gotta let the people decide.
Our favorite is this one:
It’s legitimate to attack Webb for missing more than 270 votes in the legislature. But what’s not legit is attacking her by using a one-sided story that appeared in the Ashland Daily Independent on September 6, 2007. A judge in Grayson said he couldn’t reach Webb via telephone after she failed to appear in court and said she could face sanctions. But the reporter writing the story didn’t bother to contact Webb to see why she didn’t show up. What if there was a family tragedy? What if she was legitimately unable to appear? I’d bet money Jack Ditty has missed at least one day of work.
All this is just water under the bridge, really, because you already know the RPK just randomly makes shiz up. (So does the KDP, and we attack that party regularly.) But it’s funny to see the RPK switch gears from attacking Webb to promote Jack Ditty as some wholesome, deified man:
Did you know? That awful gamblin’ will get you addicted, break up your home and cause you to lose all your money! That same gamblin’ that already exists within a 30 minute drive from the 18th District. But don’t worry, Dr. Ditty will protect you!
I know, I know. Asking the RPK to be honest during a campaign is like asking the KDP not to screw something up.
While I could complain all day, there is something painfully absent here. Is the RPK so disconnected that it couldn’t legitimately attack Webb? All the Repubs needed to do was examine everything she’d said during her tenure on the Judiciary Committee. Or all of her dozens of votes that could be considered anti-victim. WTF? Major campaign failure.