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Republican Hit Piece Coming Against Democrat Darcy Burner!

No sooner does Joel Connelly in the Seattle PI note that the Republicans are out to rip their opponents than more proof appears. Independent expenditure reports tabulated at www.PoliticalMoneyLine.org note that The National Republican Congressional Committee on Friday reported $25,587 in mailings “in opposition to Darcy Burner for Congress.”

Darcy Burner is running to toss out first term incumbent Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District in Washington State. Just like Joel said, Don’t they have something positive to say about their candidate? This is not an expenditure to supprt Dave Reichert for Congress. I could find no other recent expenditure by them supporting Reichert.

Republicans in the House are against the wall this year, with voters waking up to the fact that Republicans have been working to help their special interest moneyed backers, not middle class and lower class working people in America. Cutting student loans, refusing to raise the minimum wage and turning back years of health and environmental protections speak volumes to what another two years of unchecked control of Congress by Republicans means for our future and our children’s future.

Darcy Burner is not alone in being hit with upcoming negative ads. As Daily Kos reports she is part of a $2 million buy of negative ads.

Darcy Burner represents a new and independent voice and deserves our support. You can help to counter negative Republican hit pieces that don’t speak to the issues we really face in this country by sending her a contribution today. President Bush and Karl Rove have both come to Washington State to raise closed door contributions to keep Reichert alive.

While donations to Burner have exceeded Reidhert’s the last three quarters according to FEC reports, independent contributions from 527’s and other can quickly alter this advantage.

You can make a contribution today by clicking on the Majority Rules Act Blue Contribution page. Help keep Darcy out front.

Expect that as November gets closer the National Congressional Republican Committee will send out other mailings. On August 20, 2006 it was reported by www.PoliticalMoneyLine.org
that they had some $43,622,106 to spend around the country.

Democrat Darcy Burner’s Congressional Bid Highlighted in Today’s New York Times.

Darcy Burner, who is running to replace a first term Republican in Congress, today was highlighted as part of a front page story in the NY Times. The story noted that her race was one of 12 or so races critical to Democrats this year.

Democratic hopes of retaking the House, party strategists say, could hinge on places like Bellevue, a city of 107,000 just across Lake Washington from Seattle. Here, a fast-growing Asian population and an influx of empty-nesters and singles living in new residential complexes have helped to make this the kind of district that, while continuing to send a Republican to Congress, has turned increasingly Democratic.

While several other races were discussed, only Darcy Burner and her opponent incumbent first term Congressman Dave Reichert had their pictures in the paper. This race is in the news right now because today George Bush is taking time out of “his busy schedule working for the people” to go to a private fundraiser in Medina, a rich enclave near Bellevue, Washington. It is not an official Presidential function of the President to enrich members of his own party, so I assume that he is paying his own plane fare and for any extra security.

Misleading information has been placed in the media indicating that the President’s visit was only going to cost Medina an extra $1000. The reason was because of an interlocal agreement that brought other police in from other areas for events like this. The problem with such partial reporting is that the other policemen are still going to have to be paid. I’m sure they’re not using sick time or vacation time to do this extra work. So the taxpayers in the region will pay for what is a private partisan fundraiser for Republican Dave Reichert, since it has been written that Bush will only be here for 4 to 6 hours and will make no public appearances.

The article in the New York Times was written by Tim Eagan, who is the husband of Joni Balter who is on the editorial board of the Seattle Times. That is why the dateline for the article is Bellevue, Washington.

Titled “o6 Race Focuses on the Suburbs, Inner and Outer”, the article discusses the changing dynamics of the surburbs and exurbs.Of 10 suburban races that Eagan compares, Dave Reichert’s margin of victory in 2004 was the second smallest, only 5%. Kerry won the district with 51% of the vote.

Darcy Burner is running a strong race and has been a favorite among local bloggers in Washington state. She has also been on DailyKos, a national blog and was a featured story yesterday. She wrote a post entitled , “Karl Rove is sending Bush to WA 8 to fight me

Burner has also issued a challenge to her supporters to raise $75,000 in 10 days from the grassroots to oppose Bush’s help for Reichert. In the first day she raised almost $22,000. You can go to Burner’s website to contribute online.