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AL-05: Baswell Guthrie Falls Afoul of Reagan's 11th Commandment

by: mooncat

Fri May 30, 2008 at 15:44:42 PM CDT


We may be treated to a GOP food fight over the next few days.  The Madison County Republican Party issued a press release (full text below the fold) regarding negative ads by Cheryl Baswell Guthrie accusing Wayne Parker of lobbying against North Alabama interests.  It's pretty clear that Parker is the preferred candidate of the party insiders, and lack of support for the North Alabama business community is the third rail in the 5th District.  If Parker touched it, he's toast in the general election.  Here's the text of Baswell Guthrie's mailer attacking Parker, along with the references she cited:

After losing to Bud Cramer for the second time, Wayne Parker went to Washington, D.C. to become a federal lobbyist. There he took advantage of his father-in- law's position as Chairman of a powerful Congressional committee and sold his family ties to the highest bidder.'

Wayne Parker lobbied to get federal contracts and funding for a company that isn't even in the region, directing much needed federal dollars away from North Alabama and putting jobs and businesses here at risk.*

Wayne Parker denied about how long he lobbied in Washington, D.C. saying that he hasn't lobbied since 1998. But, according to federal reports, Wayne Parker lobbied for several years longer.

Whose interest would he represent?

Yours, or someone outside Alabama ...

Say NO to Wayne Parker,

because we don't need another lobbyist in Washington.


1. Michael Brumas. "Ex-Huntsville Congressional Contender Parker Is Lobbyist," Birmingham News, 4/26/97
2. US Senate Public Records Website, http://sporweb,senate.govlindex.cfm?event=choosefields.
Accessed 411 1/08

3. WHNT-W Channel 19, 5/22/08 

As far as I can tell, the party leaders aren't are saying her accusations regarding Parker's lobbying aren't true are false, they're just saying and she shouldn't do negative ads against him.  They cited this erroneous press release regarding the amount of money Baswell Guthrie has raised, apparently in an attempt to discredit her. 

Did anyone get the mail piece?  If so, please scan it and send it to me. 

Update:  Brian has a post on this.  One of the commenters claims to be Ray McKee's campaign manager, Ambre Brown, and says McKee was not at the Republican meeting today.  "We take offense that this name was used in this press release."  So the press release about CBG's false and misleading ads contains false and misleading information.  Murky.

mooncat :: AL-05: Baswell Guthrie Falls Afoul of Reagan's 11th Commandment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Contact: John Noel

651-5926

Friday, May 30, 2008      
 

Party Leaders call on Guthrie to Suspend False Negative Ads

Cites Reagan's 11th Commandment 
 
 

Huntsville, AL – John Noel, chairman of the Madison County Republican Party was today joined by congressional candidates Wayne Parker, Angelo "Doc" Mancuso, Ray McKee, Mark Huff, and George Barry to call on Cheryl Braswell Guthrie to suspend her false, negative campaign ads.  Citing Ronald Reagan's famous "11th Commandment," the party leaders said such false and misleading advertisements have no place in a Republican primary.  

“Reagan had it right when he said not to speak evil of another Republican candidate.  The voters are tired of negative campaigning” Noel commented. “And when the negative advertising is blatantly false, it clearly goes too far.  We expect this kind of thing from liberal Democrats, but our candidates should not engage in this kind of behavior.  That is why we are calling on Guthrie to immediately stop her false ads and apologize to our voters.  We need to be honest and united in order to win in the fall. All she is doing is hurting all our candidates up and down the ticket.” 

The false accusations from Guthrie have been broadcast on radio across the 5th district as well as going out as a mail piece that began arriving in voter's mailboxes earlier this week.     

“We have had a positive, issue oriented primary up to this point, and our voters deserve that as they make important decisions leading up to voting on Tuesday.  This kind of malicious attack has no place in our primary. ” Noel said. 

This is not the first time that Guthrie has misled the press and the voters.  Earlier her campaign issued a press release saying that she had "raised" over $200,000.  Recently released Federal Election Commission reports reveal that she has actually only raised $62,000, while putting in over $470,000 dollars of her own money.   
 
 
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CBG (4.00 / 1)

has just put herself in the run-off. This was one of the lead stories on Ch 19 and 48. They played the ads followed by John Noel, then CBG's spokeman. CBG is not backing down. The ads ran twice more during the telecasts. It is effectively a two person race now.

Kinda unsual to see the county party take such a strong stand in a primary for one candidate. She qualified with Mike Hubbard and the state GOP, I wonder where they stand on this. 

I just got the mailer and it sticks it to Peanut.



Andrews, Bueller, Hubbard..... (4.00 / 1)
Hubbard? .....Hubbard? .....Hubbard?

[ Parent ]
"False accusations" (4.00 / 1)
Isn't that a polite way of saying she is lying. I do believe I did hear the lie word thrown around on the news.

CBG's spokeman said Noel was involved in Parker's campaign (4.00 / 1)
And politely told Noel to Kiss off

we got it in the mail today (4.00 / 2)

But I'm an idiot and have never been able to figure out how to make my printer/copier/fax/scanner actually SCAN! (we've, ahem, had it about 4 years now...)

That's an MIS major for you...

And my brain is fried anyway from spending the day in the sun working on the $%%#@ 8-foot deer fence.

But I'll try to get it to you tomorrow.  Daddycat is our hardware guru.  I think he can scan.... 



"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith




We didn't get it. (4.00 / 1)
We don't get invited to her conference calls, we don't get her mailers -- I am definitely not feeling any love from Cheryl Baswell Guthrie.

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
She's too busy stalking Go Blue (4.00 / 3)

And peeping from behind the drawn living room curtains to see if any illegal immigrants are birthing anchor babies in her front yard.

Really, she seems to be behind on her Official Talking Points.  Scary brown Spanish speakers are so 2006.   



Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams


[ Parent ]
I have a scanned copy (4.00 / 3)

I'm working on a lengthy post about this topic right now, and it will include a copy of the scanned mailer.

John Noel did contibute to Parker in 95 and 96 ($750 total), but as a local party official now he does not take positions in primary races.  I actually asked him directly about who he thought would win early in the race and he coyly responded, "The one with the most votes."  If he was going to show bias that would have been a good time to do so.

Also, one of Guthrie's paid consultants has, shall I say, a mixed history with running factual campaigns.

[Yes, this is a teaser!] 



He sure took a positition on this one (4.00 / 1)

Let's see violations of the FCPA, no problem.

Say something shaky about Peanut, go ballistic.  



[ Parent ]
FCPA violations? (0.00 / 0)
Was that the recent flap where a couple of GOP county commission candidates didn't file disclosure forms on time and the Madison County Republican Committee let them stay on the ballot anyway?

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
He who? (4.00 / 1)
Are you asserting I'm a Parker supporter?

[ Parent ]
No I thought you were backing one of the FairTax Guy (4.00 / 1)

my reference was to this statement

"but as a local party official now he does not take positions in primary races" 



[ Parent ]
Brian (4.00 / 1)
I think of you as more of a libertarian(little L).

[ Parent ]
Officially have not backed anyone (4.00 / 1)
I have been careful to not endorse any of the candidates.  Just wanted to make sure that was clear.  I still don't know who I am going to vote for myself.

[ Parent ]
The payoff (with scanned mailer) (4.00 / 1)
See this post.

[ Parent ]
Well, I wonder what Parker may have lobbied for (4.00 / 3)

With his Texas in-law connections?

If it were to come out that he lobbied to move a program from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville to Johnson Space Center in Houston - he would be cold dead meat on a stick. 



Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams


The lobbyist vs the Lady (4.00 / 1)

Mancuso weighs in.

Friday evening, dermatological surgeon Angelo Mancuso said he was busy seeing patients at the time of the press conference, but he wouldn't have been there anyway.
"They don't have permission to use my name," Mancuso said. "This is not our fight. I don't know if her ads are lies or not. I didn't want to get involved because it has nothing to do with me."

Apparently when Elbert Peters says jump, John Noel asks "How high"   

Noel said he didn't have time to get the entire Republican executive committee together to get a consensus on the press conference, but a phone call from an outraged 5th District Republican Chairman Elbert Peters "triggered my desire" to go to the media about the advertising.

    So the Madco GOP answers a lie with a lie.

 



The Battle wages on (4.00 / 1)

Channel 19 continues to cover this story. New twist, CBG's campaign says John Noel Is a Parker supporter that is only speaking for himself and not the GOP. They have accused Noel of violating federal law and said there was no vote by the GOP committee to back Noel. Noel replied to Ch 19 concerning whether there was a vote with "no comment". He also refused to answer questions concerning the federal violations and referred Ch 19 to his lawyer.

This all started with Noel accussing CBG of lying about Peanut.



 

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