Election 2014

Senate Democrat Candidate: My Party Is Sabotaging My Campaign


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The Democratic Party is not having much luck in the midterm elections. Public opinion polls and statistical models have been showing a clear path to victory for Republicans in both houses of Congress.

One of the most interesting Senate races has been, of all places, in South Dakota, where a three-way battle between Democrat Rick Weiland, Republican Mike Rounds, and Independent (ex-Republican) Larry Pressler is taking place. The Huffington Post has highlighted the "wildly inconsistent polls, a flood of new advertising money from the national parties and PACs, and renewed interest in an immigration and corruption scandal from Rounds' gubernatorial days," and the National Journal points out the tipping power of the state's Native American vote, all of which indicate this election could come down to a photo finish.

The race just got even more interesting, because Weiland has accused his own party of sabotaging his campaign. From the Argus Leader:

Weiland said the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's ads attacking Republican incumbent Mike Rounds have backfired and hurt him.

"You put negative on a candidate and you put your disclosure at the bottom that says 'Paid for by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee,' the Democratic candidate's going to get blamed for that," Weiland said.

But Weiland went a step further and said this wasn't just an inadvertent side effect of the negative ads. He said it was deliberate — an attempt to sabotage him and boost independent Larry Pressler.

"My national party — that I'm a member of — (was) trying to drive votes to Larry Pressler and trying to drive up my negatives," Weiland said.

A spokesman for the DSCC declined to comment on Weiland's charges.

The DSCC announced earlier this month that they would spend $1 million in the South Dakota Senate race — but that the money would be spent primarily on attacking Rounds. Experts speculated that the party would be content with either Weiland or Pressler winning, as Pressler, though an independent, could be persuaded to caucus with the Democrats.


Significantly, Weiland does not have a good relationship with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whereas Pressler does. Weiland went so far as to say last week during a debate that if he were elected he wouldn't vote for Reid to maintain his position as majority leader.

The Washington Post states that Weiland has raised only about one-fourth the funds of his Republican counterpart. This morning Politico reported that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is cancelling over $300,000-worth of advertisement cash from Rounds, not because they're sabotaging him, but because they figure he's already won. 

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  1. Applying the term ‘interesting’ to any election undermines your credibility as a writer.

    1. Hobbes already took “nasty and brutish,” though :/

      1. In such an election there is no place for intelligence, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently, not culture of the earth, no non-union navigation, nor the use of non tariff-riddled commodities that may be imported by sea, no EPA forbidden building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force (unless military surplus to police), no non-Common Core knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts without the NEA approval, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of electing statists, and the political life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

  2. Awwwwwwwwwwwww-

    I can’t stand it; I know you planned it
    I’m gonna set it straight, this Watergate
    I can’t stand rocking when I’m in here
    Because your crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear
    So while you sit back and wonder why
    I got this fucking thorn in my side
    Oh my God, it’s a mirage
    I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage

    1. Yeah! Now I’m gonna have to go listen to Ill Communication, and I think I’ll throw in Paul’s Boutique (their best) just for shitsngrins!

  3. Is MCA still dead?

  4. More evidence that the Stupid/Evil poles of US politics may be flipping.

  5. Pressler’s a traitorous rat fink. But his poll numbers have been going down the drain ever since he made the comment he’d be a “friend to Obama”.

    Screw the big govt loving libs, I’m voting for Rounds. He may not have much in libertarian bone fides, but at least he won’t spend all his time in DC sucking up to Obama.

    Oh and that Native American vote may matter stuff is just code for the reservations getting their votes in late with 75% voting for Pressler and 75% voting for Wieland. But there still won’t be enough votes there. Larry and Rick would each need to pull 500% of the Native American vote to win.

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