Public Employee Union Puts $1 million into Super PAC ads attacking Romney

This should give Republicans some pause. Apparently public employee unions think that it is a good investment to put money into Super PAC attack ads against Romney. The obvious question is: why? Do they believe that Romney is the strongest candidate for the fall? Do they think that these attacks between Republicans are going to weaken the party for this fall? One thing seems pretty certain: this isn't good news. From the Washington Times (Public employees union heaps cash into GOP ad attacks on Romney, January 22, 2012):

An unlikely combatant has jumped into the big-money battle between independent groups running ads weighing in on the Republican presidential primary: a national union representing public employees. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) spent $1 million Friday on an ad accusing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney of greed, Federal Election Commission records show.

The liberal group’s intent is to sway the outcome of the Republican primary in Florida, with ads running there before the state’s party elections Jan. 31. The strategy seems to indicate that the union views Mr. Romney as the most realistic threat to President Obama and would much prefer to see Republicans field another candidate, such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, against Mr. Obama in the general election.

The piling-on of a liberal group on top of the Republican organizations attacking Mr. Romney highlights an irony to the 2010 Supreme Court decision that injected massive independent expenditures into politics with a ruling cheered by many conservatives: The majority of the spending thus far has been used to demonize Republicans. . . .

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Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "What?! Are they nuts?! The thing about RINO Romney is that we leftards win either way, whether it's him or Obama who gets elected. It's not time to spend the money yet! They need to keep their powder dry! Sure, they're helping Obama by trashing Romney, but those idiots are helping Ging . . . Ging . . . Gingrich too! I can scarcely say that name, my tongue gags on it. They need to hold their fire until we have a Republican candidate! They're wasting ammo at best, and putting the Gingrich into the White House at worst. That Gingrich guy doesn't like us commies, and he really likes not liking us commies! He's enthusiastic about it! We can't let him get elected! Newt Gingrich is NOT a good communist! And he really likes not being a good communist! He’s cavalier about it! It's like he's channeling Reagan or something."

1/24/2012 4:20 PM  

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