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Monday, October 09, 2006

Jeezum Jim's Surprise

Last Monday opened for Republican congressional candidate Martha Rainville with word her campaign website contained at least three instances of plagiarism. She took down her campaign website, fired the campaign policy researcher responsible, and apologized profusely.

Then she had the little problem with the anonymous National Guard letter charging her with favoritism in her treatment of an officer in an investigation allegedly involving an X-rated, locally- produced DVD. She denied doing anything wrong, but in doing so, acknowledged there had been an incident.

Jeffords_web_photo Then today - a letter from Independent U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords to the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee complaining about a Rainville TV ad they're running that includes a photo of Jeezum Jim. He asks they stop running it.

Why?

"The country will be better served with the Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives."

Jeffords, the former Republican, says he's for Democrat Peter Welch.

Download Jeffords letter .pdf

NRCC spokesman Ed Patru told Wilson Ring at the Montpeculiar bureau of the Associated Press:

"The ad simply makes the case she is an independent, thoughtful leader in the tradition of Aiken, Stafford and Jeffords "We do appreciate his kind words in the letter, especially his reference to her as a thoughtful leader."

Said Candidate Rainville:

"I think it is a nice ad. I'm pleased they're staying positive. I don't see any reason to stop using the ad. I think it's complimentary to everyone who's shown in it."

Said Welch campaign spokesman Andrew Savage:

"This brings to light the pattern of misleading information appearing in the national Republicans' ad campaign for Martha Rainville."

Well, the TV ad has had one unexpected effect. It's gotten Jeezum Jim to let a wide audience know he thinks Welch is a better choice.

And as long as they keep running it, Vermont viewers will be reminded.

Effective advertising?

Sure.

But for which candidate?

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Comments

Beau

Thanks, Jim - AGAIN!
another good bumper sticker

jdlaughead

When is the national Republican Congressional Committee, going to start running Karl Rove's Willy Horton ads, like he did for Douglas in 2002 against Doug Racine? I thing Rainvillie, should get out of the Rain!

Blogger

Re: Willie Horton ads

They're using the latest incarnation in Boston against Deval Patrick

Addison

I heard this story on VPR last night. I never saw the ad as an endorsement, more like how dare she compare herself to these other politicians (ditto for Tarrant). Come on, she's had W's mother and wife here campaigning for her. And she's going to be an independent voice?! She won't be standing up against the administration, she owes him one.

Doug

Will Jeffords do an ad for Welch? Clearly the ad is targeted at fence-sitting Democrats and "liberal" Republicans. I can't imagine the base getting excited by paying tribute to their Benedict Arnold.

I don't get it. Why hasn't Rainville's "Clean Campaign Pledge" contridiction -- right on her own campaign flyer -- raised more eyebrows? At best it's hypocritical. At worst it makes her pledge an outright lie. It's no different than the Tarrant ads. In her flyer she claims she will not personally attack her opponent. Then at the bottom she puts a blank line with Peter Welch's name and states "refused to sign". Clearly the implication is that Welch is running a "dirty" campaign if he's unwilling to sign...which IS a personal attack! And like Bernie, Peter Welch may have very good reasons for not signing the pledge...IT'S THE SAME...so where's the outrage? I know it's not as sexy as implying Bernie's a sexual predator...but is sex the only subject that raises people's moral blood pressure?

john collins

I don't know if you saw this, but there was an original "introduction" Rainville ad that had a voiceover that said "Called to serve by members of both parties". This seemed to indicate that Howard had had anything to do with her rise to AG, which I don't beleive he did. I noticed that someone must have complained, because the same ad now runs with a tag line of "Served under..."

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