Well, at least they are honest. With a massive fundraising lead, the Republicans are pretty sure that Tea Party candidate Craig Huey can’t win during Tuesday’s special election unless they can convince key Democratic voters to stay home.
So, they’ve decided to target the women.
A new radio ad put out by the National Republican Trust PAC, the only conservative help Huey has received so far in this special election, is attacking Hahn as a “career politician” who is “bringing up abortion” even though people are more interested in the economy. Of course, the ad doesn’t mention what exactly Hahn is saying about Huey and abortion — that he wants to end a woman’s right to choose and that he called Planned Parenthood an “abortion mill,” two stances most of the voters in the district are pretty likely to disagree with.
So why are they being coy about it, and why do they not mention either candidate’s party affiliation?
Because, as the group’s fundraising letter notes, they want to convince women not to vote.
Scott Wheeler, executive director of the PAC, writes bluntly that the ad’s aim is to depress turnout among supporters of abortion rights.
“We have a ‘girl next door voice’ reading our ad attacking the pro-abortion Hahn even though this is a heavily weighted pro-abortion district. We want the pro-abortion voters that would certainly support the liberal Hahn to STAY HOME! By making the point that the ECONOMY and not abortion is the key issue, we can discourage Democrat voters and drive them away from the liberal Democrat candidate,” Wheeler argues.
“Click NOW to LISTEN TO OUR NEW RADIO AD that is driving key independent voters AWAY from the liberal Democrat candidate. If we drive enough voters away from the Democrat we will win this race. This ad can do it but we need your help to keep it on the air until Tuesday!” he pleads.
But it’s not just “supporters of abortion rights.” It’s women. That’s why they used a “girl next door voice,” and that is who this ad is targeting. The Tea Party wants women to not vote.
That must be those “original constitutional values” they are always talking about.
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