Congressman Rick Boucher has written a letter to the parent company of WKPT in the Tri-Cities, asking the station owners to cease broadcasting an ad that he says is unfair to his record. Like the management there is going to accede to his wishes because he says the facts aired don't agree with his.
This is too much.
But since he has raised the issue, let's look at it.
First, you too can read his letter. HERE.
And here's the crux of his complaint:
"The commercial claims that my votes align with those of the Democratic Speaker 96% of the time. The statement can never be supported since the Speaker almost never votes and has no complete record against which my votes can be compared."
Can you say WHINE?
Here's some free advice to this former lawyer: When you level an allegation claiming that your words or deeds have been distorted, don't distort the charges being made against you.
According to Boucher, the commercial provides a "statement" that makes "the claim" that his votes align with those of the Democratic Speaker 96% of the time. Watch the ad yourself. Here:
Here's exactly what it says:
"After nearly thirty years in Congress, career politician Rick Boucher supports Nancy Pelosi 96% of the time."
See anything about votes in there? Either his or Pelosi's?
Boucher's charge that the ad is factually inaccurate is factually inaccurate.
But what about that 96% figure? Is it false, as Boucher claims?
Well, if so, he needs to send off another letter, this one to his soul mates at the very liberal Democrat mouthpiece, the Washington Post, because - guess where that figure originated?
Oh, wait. The Post didn't put the figure at 96%. According to its ongoing investigation of Congressional voting, Rick Boucher "has voted with the majority of his Democratic colleagues [lead by Pelosi] 96.4% of the time."
Make that 96.4%.
But don't take my word for it. Go to the Washington Post and see for yourself.
If that's not damaging enough, Boucher has released a new ad of his own. You can see it here. In it he pleads for us to:
"SEE THE FACTS: WWW.OPENCONGRESS.ORG."
Here's what WWW.OPENCONGRESS.ORG says:
"Votes with party 96%."
But don't take my word for it. See it for yourself. HERE.
What, he thought I wouldn't do as he asked and look?
This, folks, is what you call full campaign meltdown. Blunders the likes of which you don't see unless panic has set in and second-guessing, incriminations, internal finger-pointing, leadership turmoil, and abject fright have seized the daily operation.
It's also what you call pathetic.
Expect Boucher to run another ad tomorrow asking voters to not look where he asked us to look today. That information is ... false ... too, you see.
This is so not pretty.
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Rick Boucher's Republican challenger, Morgan Griffith, released a brief statement in response to this circus:
"Congressman Boucher's record speaks for itself."
And, it might be added, it is speaking a whole lot more clearly about the man than Boucher himself is these days.