It’s a bit late now, and I guess the “appropriate” outcome happened, but it’s still interesting to look at some of the tactics used in the campaign.
A friend of mine (Geoff; look up gadfly in the dictionary and you'll see his picture) received this mailer supporting, as opposed to “from”, Clayton Cramer. As you see, it prominently features a soldier. If the voter was not familiar with Cramer, the voter might think that Cramer is a soldier (rather than a fighting keyboardist). Also, I think it pretty shamelessly appropriates a soldier’s image for political purposes. “Let’s exploit the troops for political gain!”
Geoff, a recently retired soldier and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, emailed Cramer and objected to the flyer. Cramer replied that he didn’t send it; IACI did. I think Cramer might have blogged about it, so you might be able to read more there. His point was, he had an independent campaign and had no control over or coordination with IACI for the flyer. IACI was just mad at Corder and wanted him out, for failure to obey IACI direction, I guess.
So, Geoff contacted IACI, who just blamed it on the flyer “contractor” and shrugged it off.
We would thank him for his feedback as we are thanking you. We have discussed the matter with our contractor and appreciate the input.That’s pretty much it. They appreciate the feedback. No apology or admission it was wrong. Between May 16 and May 23, 2008, IACI spent $11,045.56 with said contractor on behalf of Cramer on these flyers and other ads. As my friend described it, “a last minute hit job.”
Who is this contractor, this Veritas Advisors, whose name I was happily ignorant of just yesterday? Have a look. (Click any image to enlarge.)
Yes, that is J. Kirk Sullivan, Chair of the Idaho Republican Party. Does it seem odd to you that the party chair would participate in an IACI scheme to knock off a sitting Republican senator? How about that they’d use a misleading flyer implying that the candidate was a soldier?
On their website, Veritas Advisors lists “Truth” and “Integrity” as a firm values. If so, they ought to at least apologize for the misleading flyer.
Update: Changed Rep to Senator.