Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Bush Pimping for Ehrlich and Steele in MDPosted by DavidNYC
Maryland is a very blue state. It's a challenge for any Republican to win there statewide. And yet two if its most prominent Republicans, Gov. Bob Ehrlich and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, are apparently sucking up to George Bush without hesitation. Dubya is coming to town for some fundraising events (not that it's very far from home), and I wonder how well that'll play during the general election campaign.
Someone, though, needs to explain this bit to me:
Bush's stop at a $125-a-plate fundraising luncheon at M&T Bank Stadium - attendees who contribute $5,000 get a photograph with Bush - will drum up early campaign cash for Steele.
$5,000? That's more than the maximum, even for a couple (who can give $2,100 each or $4,200 combined). What's going on here?
These kinds of visits can't be dismissed, though. Bush is still an incredibly powerful fundraiser - he just raked in $1.4M for Jon Kyl last night in Arizona, a state record. Doubtless this visit will bolster Steele and Ehrlich financially. But that's all the more reason why Dems have to turn this lemonade back into lemons, by roping President Albatross as tightly around their opponents' necks as possible.
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Presumably the $5,000 won't go to a candidate but to either the Republican Party or some other right-wing extremist or criminal organization associated with Bush and Erlich.
Somebody summon Timothy Bottoms, we got ads to make!
(Hey, why not bring out a Bush lookalike to remind voters who the Republican candidates will be "working for"?)
I agree. We need to make mincmeat out of these sorry Republicans for sucking up to George Bush.
I'm no expert on the DC area -- but the common line is that Democrats live in Maryland, and Republicans live in Virignia.
If Bush campaigning for Kilgore in Virginia sunk his campaign, any efforts by the President to help Republicans in Maryland will be equally disastrous -- if not worse.
Let's do it!!
This fundraiser is a stain on every GOP candidate running in MD next year. Steele is Ehrlich's right hand man. Schaefer, DINO running for reelection as Comptroller, Merdon running for Howard Country Executive, and every GOP Congressman defending his seat are "benefiting" from a Bush appearance.
We've been covering this over at http://www.baltimoregroupblog.com.
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Thanks for covering this.
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