As we get closer and closer to November 7th, the question I have been hearing from Democrats working on the Kissell campaign is What Would the Republicans Do?
This question is asked, of course, in regard to Robin Hayes latest smear running in the form of a television campaign ad. In this ad, Hayes claims that Larry Kissell was fined for running a negative campaign.
Now, anyone who has a television in the 8th district and who actually watches that television during the evening news has seen the ads run by both the Hayes and Kissell campaigns. These 8th district television watchers know without prompting that the only candidate for the 8th district Congressional seat who is running a negative campaign is Robin Hayes.
While Hayes spends what must be millions of dollars to produce a variety of ads like the one depicting Senators Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy eating the Capital building and heavily pixilated pictures of Larry flashing across the screen with titles warning voters of impending tax increases from Washington Liberals, Larry is running two ads…one with banjo music and pick-up trucks and images of real, live, everyday folks from the 8th district talking about taking their country back while the other is a rebuttal to the Medicare D attack ad Hayes is running. Even in this rebuttal, Larry sticks to the facts of his position and stays away from smears, name calling and other negative tactics.
Come to think of it, anyone in the 8th district who receives mail knows that Robin Hayes is the only candidate running a negative campaign in the 8th district as the Honorable Congressman has sent out several different mailers distorting Larry’s positions on Iraq, Medicare and Taxes. The only mailer I’ve seen from Larry Kissell is a letter talking about poll numbers and asking for a campaign contribution.
Since we can clearly see that Larry Kissell is not running a negative campaign, where on earth does that Hayes lie come from?
A late fee. That’s right, a late fee. The FEC charged the Kissell campaign with a $210 late fee for a report that was submitted a few hours after a deadline way back before the Primary…and the fee was paid in full by the quarterly report made on July 12.
Good citizens…let me remind you that the Honorable Congressman Robin Hayes is a member of one of the most prominent families in North Carolina. He has served the 8th district for eight years. He has over $1,000,000 in his campaign account. He is one of the top ten wealthiest members of the US Congress with more than $50,000,000 in personal assets. Robin Hayes has the resources and the ability to run any kind of re-election campaign he chooses. Robin Hayes has chosen to lie about, attack and smear a church deacon who teaches civics to high school students.
We all know what a republican would do. This is how WE do it...