I’ve been traveling today–hence the few posts–so I haven’t been able to listen to any of recordings of the GOP debate in Homer last Tuesday night, nor have I had much chance to talk to people who were there. But a few press releases from the candidates and from the Democratic party gave me of flavor: Mead Treadwell tried to out conservative Joe Miller, and Dan Sullivan, with an eye on the general election, tried to save something for the middle and for the Independents, votes that will determine if Mark Begich gets sent back to D.C. this winter.
Treadwell went so far as to spend his closing comments on parroting Begich’s attacks on Miller and Sullivan, and he sent out a releasereiterating those attacks. He said that MIller is “handcuffed to his past, to his anger, absent record, and absent solutions.” And he said that Begich had “successfully tagged “ Sullivan as a “carpetbagger.” He said that Sullivan was “someone who moved here for ambition, tax reasons, and someone who can’t remember one fishing license to the next, one tax form to the next, one biography to the next, where he’s from and when he came.”
Sullivan’s campaign released an indignant and vaguely impotent response. “Just last week the Treadwell campaign predicted that their opponents would go negative against Mead. They didn’t, so as he has done for months, Treadwell went negative himself, recycling the same baseless attacks we have heard from Mark Begich and his liberal allies this entire campaign,” the release said.
“Alaskans are tired of election year mudslinging from desperate politicians,” the release said. (Actually, not really but maybe that’s just me.) The release promised that Dan will “continue to share his optimistic vision for Alaska on the campaign trail,” which I guess means that Treadwell and Miller will continue to punch, and Sullivan will continue to absorb those punches.
Miller, who likely realized in 2010 that Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment about not speaking ill of a fellow Republican only applied to a certain kind of Republican, has never been shy of going on the attack against his fellow GOP candidate. If nothing else, the Wednesday night debate shows that Treadwell isn’t either.
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