Friday, March 02, 2007

The Mud Is Beginning To Fly

So the mud is beginning to fly... and it makes me think that when it gets bad, it's going to get pretty bad. First up, the State is reporting that Mitt Romney is getting attacked via anonymous mailings in South Carolina:
Anonymous mailings critical of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, on the eve of what has become an all-important Spartanburg straw poll, have raised the specter of a long, nasty battle between now and the 2008 S.C. Republican primary.

One of the pieces was sent via U.S. mail Monday to several Spartanburg County Republicans. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by The State, is a six-page attack on Romney’s record on abortion, gun control, taxes and “conservative values.”

It is postmarked Columbia and headlined “Mitt Romney: Say anything to get elected.”

A second piece was sent via electronic mail from the address “” It said it was from “Martin W.” and attacked Romney’s faith.

The e-mail is headlined: “Mitt Romney has a family secret he doesn’t want you to know.”

It says: “Those dark suspicions you hide deep inside yourself about Mormonism are trying to tell you something. Trust your instincts! æ.æ.æ. The light of truth will burn through the smoke and mirrors of Mitt Romney’s movie star looks and crafty words!”

The e-mail includes a copy of a recent Associated Press story about how Romney’s ancestors practiced polygamy.

Next, an erroneous comment that Romney made about Giuliani is getting play too. In his interview with David Brody yesterday, Romney said Giuliani was "pro-gay marriage" (which he is not) prompting various news outlets to report that Romney was "smearing" Giuliani. A source "close to the Giuliani campaign" responded to the allegation by saying "It is sad, but unfortunately not surprising, that Mitt Romney's flailing campaign has chosen to misrepresent Rudy's positions. He can't keep his own positions straight let alone Rudy's."

Is it just me, or does it seem like the dam is starting to break on a vicious campaign cycle?

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Blogger Kyle said...

It's sad that these things happen. I don't know if they are candidate sponsored, but I was hoping for something different from Republicans. Especially because several of the candidates exude such a positive and optimistic tenor, it's discouraging to see them resort to the traditional mudslinging.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, but I bet somebody could dig up some footage somewhere of Rudy going on record being in support of gay marriage. He's in favor of civil unions. (I am too, or something like it by the way) For president, I want somebody who is tolerant of other people, but isn't going to turn the country into a liberal paradise. I just doubt that Romney was wrong when he said that Rudy was pro gay marriage.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Kyle - I agree that it's disappointing.

Anon - I'm not so sure you're right. I think one can be consistently for civil unions and opposed to gay marriage.

7:02 PM  

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