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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Whose Side Is The DCCC On?

It's easy to understand why the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) uses Paul Ryans' Randian class war budget manifesto to pound on GOP congressional candidates. Ryan's ideological claptrap is the gift that keeps on giving. For those obvious reasons, the DCCC has anti-Ryan Medicare Killing robocalls, emails and campaign ads running in defense of democratic House candidates nearly everywhere in the country - except for Ryan's challenger, Rob Zerban. That doesn't make sense.

Down With Tyranny rightfully takes the DCCC to task over that and issues a direct challenge to the DCCC to support Zerban with some campaign cashola. But I think there's an even bigger problem here ...

Down With Tyranny Excerpt:
For the last two weeks, the DCCC has urged candidates to found Ryan's anti-Medicare budget. That's fine. But do they do anything for Rob Zerban? Not that I've seen. And when I speak to DCCC-connected major donors, they tell me Steve Israel discourages them from donating to Zerban's campaign.

Say what?

In July of 2011 after the upset victory in upstate New York's special election, Steve Israel had this to say...

Huff post Excerpt:
"We have an excellent Democratic candidate named Rob Zerban who got into the race largely because he couldn't tolerate Paul Ryan's leadership on a plan to terminate Medicare, while funding tax cuts for big oil companies," DCCC Chair Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) told The Huffington Post in a late-night interview Tuesday. "So that's one district where the political landscape may change."

So what has changed?

If there's any truth to the "discouraging donations to Zerban" statement by DWT, and there's no reason for anyone to doubt it, Israel has some 'splainin' to do.

It's one thing to finally recognize Zerban's candidacy in the 1st Congressional District as an "emerging race," and I can even spin the idea that Ryan serves as an able stooge and gift that the Democratic Party hasn't seen in years. No problem. I can even understand some unwillingness to commit some real money right now ...although that seems to be a more indefensible position with each passing day. But to discourage donations to Ryan's challenger? Every dollar pulled away from Rob Zerban is another dollar in Ryan's pocket. That's not only just brutal, but if Israel or the DCCC are actively discouraging donations to a democratic challenger to Paul Ryan, or any viable democratic candidate,  it reeks of an unforgivable duplicity that's ...traitorous. Come on ...say it ain't so.

Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow should have Israel or Wasserman-Schultz appear on their show to clarify their position and issue their official endorsement for the 1st CD of Wisconsin and back it up with a check.

I'm not purposely trying to make it too difficult for the democrats at the DCCC, but it's either Paul Ryan or Rob Zerban.

Are you kidding me?

Comment From Hullabaloo:
No, it's not "one or the other." But the reason they don't want to fight Ryan is because they would rather keep him around to raise money for the surrender in the battle against privatising Medicare. Without Ryan, there is no one to force them to do what they want to do but what they don't want to be seen as wanting to do. -- yournamehere

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