Politico: O’Donnell, Buck, Angle, DeMint Are Avoiding the Public
October 6, 2010 Leave a comment
An article from Politico today criticize several of DeMint’s candidates for the un-political habit of hiding out from voters. Six candidates prominently supported by DeMint’s Senate Conservatives PAC consistently duck the public and mass media. All mentioned in the article:
* Christine O’Donnell, Deleware: “O’Donnell has been nearly impossible to track down in Delaware since winning her primary last month and actually had to deny Friday that she was in hiding.”
* Ken Buck, Colorado: “As of Friday, Colorado Republican Senate hopeful Ken Buck had gone nine consecutive days without holding a public event.”
* Sharron Angle, Nevada: ‘“Angle’s strategy seems to be: Let the [mainstream press] do what it wants — I have Fox, conservative radio, my ads and Karl Rove,” Ralston said, alluding to the former Bush adviser’s independent group, American Crossroads.’
* Ron Johnson, Wisconsin: “Ron Johnson… has ignored requests from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to share his daily schedule. “
* Rand Paul, Kentucky: “Paul once asked local reporters to submit questions in writing and often hurries to his car to avoid them.”
Amount that DeMint claims to have raised for each of these candidates to date:
Christine O’Donnell, Deleware: $276,000 (goal is $350,000)
Ken Buck, Colorado: $533,000 (goal is $800,000)
Sharron Angle, Nevada: $532,000(goal is $700,000)
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin: $ 132,000 (goal is $150,000)
Rand Paul, Kentucky: $184,000 (goal is $400,000)
The article follows.
Year of the missing candidate
By: Jonathan Martin
October 5, 2010 04:34 AM EDT
With a month left until the midterm elections, there is something noticeably absent from some key statewide races: the candidates.
They’re ducking public events, refusing to publicize the ones they do hold and skipping debates and national TV interviews altogether – out of fear of a gotcha moment that will come back to haunt them.
It’s mostly, but not entirely, a Republican phenomenon. In some cases, a tea-party-oriented candidate has made a plain calculation that a one-day, process story about an absence from the campaign trail or a refusal to debate is less damaging than the captured-on-tape gaffe the candidate could make when facing reporters.
As of Friday, Colorado Republican Senate hopeful Ken Buck had gone nine consecutive days without holding a public event and acknowledged to The Denver Post that he’s more mindful now that he’s constantly being recorded by the ubiquitous ‘trackers’ being used by both sides. (With the fundraising quarter now done, however, he’s planning a more robust schedule for October.)
Tea party darlings Rand Paul of Kentucky and Christine O’Donnell of Delaware both surged to primary victories thanks, in part, to national media exposure, but after their own comments got them into trouble, they abruptly canceled post-primary Sunday show appearances and have largely avoided doing non-Fox national TV.
But what’s more remarkable is that they’ve also taken a low profile in their own states. Paul once asked local reporters to submit questions in writing and often hurries to his car to avoid them.
O’Donnell has been nearly impossible to track down in Delaware since winning her primary last month and actually had to deny Friday that she was in hiding.
- hat tip to Mother Jones: http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2010/10/bubble-candidates
It has been DeMint’s strategy all along: to appear only in front of select audiences. The ongoing controversy over DeMint’s condemnation of single women and gays in the classroom shows why. DeMint did not intend these opinions for a broader audience. When the majority of South Carolinians hear his honest opinions, they are dismayed. So very little traditional campaigning really occurs. DeMint cannot and does not want to represent the majority of South Carolinians.
These campaigns have more reality as fundraising appeals than anything else. Directly targeted mailings call out the faithful to contribute ever more. The funds are then spent by candidates who believe that any opposition to their political beliefs runs contrary to the laws of God.