The highly-paid propaganda organs of Colorado’s Left make a living off incidents of phony selective outrage, such as the one repeated yesterday against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer at one of their mouthpieces. Today’s Denver Post clears up the matter pretty decisively, however.
First, they picked the wrong subject to attack him on. Schaffer’s personal integrity and principled stance on issues of parental choice and educational freedom are well-established. Further diminishing the credibility of those who attack him, they are firmly aligned with the status quo forces of the teachers union:
Schaffer said there is no connection between his vote to support the charter school and Brennan’s contribution. “I campaigned for office as an advocate for parental empowerment and student choice,” Schaffer said. “Whether I’m on the State Board of Education or in the U.S. Senate, I am going to actively encourage anybody who agrees with me to contribute to my campaigns.”
Second, a national nonpartisan watchdog group responded to the accusation with a big yawn:
Massie Ritsch, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, discounted the impact of Brennan’s donation – partly because he had previously supported Schaffer’s political campaigns and partly because the State Board of Education has limited power in this case. The board can only recommend reconsideration; it cannot overturn the local school board’s vote.
“Any time you have a contribution that comes so close to a decision that is favorable for the donor, it is a reasonable question to ask,” he said. “But that does not mean there was a quid pro quo.”
Third, the Left-wing propaganda machine failed to realize how many fingers they were pointing back at their own candidate when they wildly waved one at the object of their hatred:
Republicans quickly turned Huttner’s attack into a broadside against [Boulder liberal Mark] Udall.
Dick Wadhams, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, said Udall should return union contributions because he voted earlier this year to eliminate secret workplace ballots for setting up unions.
Finally, the Udall campaign itself has quickly distanced itself from the outlandish claim:
Mike Melanson, campaign manager for Udall, said the campaign didn’t support Huttner’s tactics.
The Left-wing attack machine continues to strain any shred of credibility. Once again, they’ve overplayed their hand with silly, selective phony outrage. The story is no longer the object of their attack but the motivation for their own outlandish claims and the resulting problems they cause for their own Democrat candidate.