Here we go, back in the ring again. This time it is an editiorial from the Akron Beacon Journal slamming Betty in the corner for her incredibly negative campaign in the 13th district, run by the special interest group, Emily's List. See below:
From the ABJ today:
Tom Sawyer, man of many junkets? Give us a break
John Seiberling isn't the type to thrust himself into a Democratic primary, years after leaving Congress, his exemplary legacy long ago established, from challenging the corrupt and imperial Richard Nixon to founding the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Thus, the moment deserved attention last week, the former House member registering in a phone conversation his disappointment in the negative campaign of Betty Sutton, the distortion-filled attacks against Tom Sawyer launched on her behalf by OH Women Vote!, a project of EMILY's List.
``I'm embarrassed,'' Seiberling said. He argued that Sutton ought to reject the attacks and apologize to Sawyer. Was Seiberling merely coming to the aid of his successor in the House? He actually made a point of noting that Sutton had been running a ``good campaign'' before she and her friends turned so nasty.
Many Democrats have received the direct-mail barrage, campaign literature portraying Sawyer as a representative who ``said `hello' to over 20 fabulous destinations,'' traveling on the tab of ``special interests'' as ``thousands of Ohio workers said `adios' to their jobs.'' The charge is ludicrous. For years, Sawyer has been jabbed for aloofness, for failing to rub elbows with the powerbrokers. Now he is part of the Bob Ney crowd, galivanting around the world?
Sawyer has asserted: ``I know desperation when I see it.'' Actually, the blasts smack of a cynicism that an earlier version of Betty Sutton, the one who served in the Ohio House, would have immediately found loathsome. All of this smells of a poll, or focus group, or both, identifying ``corruption'' as the most easily exploited issue, and the consultants hatching a dark plan to do no less.
The problem? The attacks have nothing to do with reality. Sutton would be on more solid ground insisting that William Hung would have been better leading the Rolling Stones than Mick Jagger.
Who are these special interests? Foundations, largely, that bring together lawmakers, experts, business leaders and others to talk about policy matters. In one instance, Sawyer was part of a group of American and European officials looking to improve access to their markets for auto sales. This wasn't golf at St. Andrews on Jack Abramoff's dime.
Team Sutton cites a news story stating that Sawyer was ``the most frequent traveler among the Ohio delegation.'' When did the counting start and end? The Toledo Blade recently pointed to 57 trips by Sherrod Brown, who created the open seat in the 13th District when he embarked on his race for the U.S. Senate. Sutton regularly seeks the glow of the Brown presence. Does that include his wish to take a fellowship in Japan while serving as Ohio secretary of state?
As John Seiberling knows well, proper travel benefits lawmakers and their constituents, especially in this global economy. That is the Sawyer record. Anyone who suggests otherwise just isn't being honest.
This reaffirms the bad taste negative campaigns leave in people's mouths. It also reaffirms the incredibly bad taste DC establishments leave in people's mouths. There is only one thing to say: Emily, you are dismissed. Goodbye.