Feathered Bastard

Democrats Up Sleaze Ante Against Jerry Lewis in LD 26

There should be some law of the political jungle that says if you call someone a liar, you at least have to say what the lie is.

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That was my first thought on seeing a recent e-mail fundraising appeal (after the jump) from Randy Keating, chair of the Legislative District 26 Democrats, who are gunning to boot Jerry Lewis from the state Senate, and promote state Representative Ed "Mr. 40 Percent" Ableser to Arizona's upper house.

The fundraising e-mail starts off by making some generic comments about how "they" are playing "rough," and are "blanketing" LD 26 with "ugly attacks."

Moreover, "the press" is playing up the "myth of the moderate senator," and is obviously in the can for Lewis.

Keating claims Ableser and his running mates, House candidates Andrew Sherwood and Juan Mendez, can't match the Republicans in cash. Well, they might be able to, if they weren't running, ahem, "clean."

That claim seems pretty disingenuous, considering that an independent expenditure committee calling itself the Arizona Accountability Project has dumped $75,000 into robocall and mailer attacks on Lewis in LD 26.

Ds have a registration advantage over Republicans in the district, so you've got to figure that Ableser must be some really weak cheese if it takes such a colossal effort to get him over the hump.

After a bit of rambling, Keating makes the following unsubstantiated charge:

"While Jerry Lewis was telling lies about Eddie yesterday, D26 volunteers made 9,000 phone calls to tell voters the truth."

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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