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Elizabeth Warren’s clear path to victory

Elizabeth Warren’s clear path to victory

Keep calling attention to this video, over and over again, as part of an ethics complaint against Scott Brown, via Politico:

The Massachusetts Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Scott Brown, alleging that Brown has used official resources for campaign purposes.

The complaint focuses on footage of Brown’s half-court shot, which appears in a campaign web video but, per the Boston Globe, was shot by one of Brown’s congressional staffers.

“By permitting his official staff to engage in campaign related activity while serving in their official capacity, Senator Brown has failed in his responsibility to ensure that the interests of his campaign ‘do not conflict with or detract from official staff duties’ and acted in violation of federal law,” the complaint says.

The offending video (played here before), Exhibit A in evidence, via BuzzFeed:

The Brown campaign’s response:

“This complaint has about as much credibility as Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be a Native American, and it is a laughable and desperate attempt to distract from Warren’s refusal to come clean with voters,” said campaign communications director Colin Reed. “Her campaign is flailing and appearing more pitiful by the day.”

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stevewhitemd | May 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

The Dems do seem to be reaching, don’t they?

But take note: it was the nit-picky heckling and multiple, multiple bogus ‘ethics complaints’ filed by a small number of nimrods in Alaska that caused Sarah Palin to walk away from being governor — state law there mandated that the nimrods had free legal help but the governor did not.

So be careful, Senator Brown. We want you back for another six years.

    Actually, after she resigned, the Palin-appointed state AG ruled that ethics complaints were reimbursable if they were not upheld.

    I googled this once upon a time and don’t propose to google it again now because, among other reasons, the conservative focus should be on defeating Obama (and Warren et al) in November.

      huskers-for-palin in reply to gs. | May 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      I googled this once upon a time and don’t propose to google it again now because, among other reasons, the conservative focus should be on defeating Obama (and Warren et al) in November….

      Cough, cough, cough.

      Funny how this never came up by anyone in the MSM, talk radio, pundits, MSNBC, Palin’s enemies, the Alaskan Mudflats, FOX news panel, etc., etc., Yet gs brings it out of the blue.

      Cough, cough, cough

        As far as I’m concerned, arguments among conservatives who a) are working to replace Obama with the Republican nominee and b) accept each other as coalition partners, should be on hold until after the election.

        Get back to me then.

Ragspierre | May 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1061130279

Warren is the gift who does not know HOW to stop giving…

**Elizabeth Warren waved off reports yesterday that an ancestor helped round up Cherokees in the infamous “Trail of Tears,” as well as demands from U.S. Sen. Scott Brown to prove she never claimed her Native American heritage to further her career — dismissing the developments as “politics as usual.”

“I think what this is about is Scott Brown trying to change the subject,” said Warren at a Brighton event last night. “He just wants to find a way to talk about something else, and I think it’s wrong. I think this is why people are turned off on Washington politics.”**

[Warren’s campaign adviser was overhead to whisper, “Shut UP, Liz…]

    janitor in reply to Ragspierre. | May 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Investor’s Business Daily argues that Warren’s scholarship is shoddy, and that given her mediocre paper credentials (low-ranked schools, years as a law “instructor”), that she MUST have attained her Harvard position via the Native American claim.

Warren is DESPERATE!

If this is the standard, then it should be equally binding.

How many civil servants have committed this transgression?

How many have matched the extensive and expensive violations committed by Obama?

Does abusing taxpayer funds and official privilege also apply to affirmative action and other discriminatory policies? Does it apply to waste, fraud, and abuse of entitlement programs, especially non-contributory programs (i.e. welfare)? There is a trillion dollar slush fund right there.

Well, at least the citizens will be amused as the nation commits to progressive dysfunction.

Uploading cameraphone video (that’s what it looks like) to YouTube is now a possible campaign violation? What a thin reed. Chief Warren cannot be mocked enough.

Frank Scarn | May 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

It’s almost as if Patton was speaking to Granny Warren, “Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in Hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.”

A few years ago NJ Democrats had a Senate nominee who became too toxic to be reelected. With the blessing of friendly judges, they replaced him with another guy who won handily.

Be careful what you wish for.

    stevewhitemd in reply to gs. | May 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Oh yeah, I remember that, and the NJ Supremes said it was perfectly legal even though NJ law said it wasn’t.

    Always be careful around a desperate Democrat, and be sure to count both your fingers and your silver.

Hey Lizzie Borden, why doesn’t your team send a fake washer repair people, to Brown’s house?

Maybe they could find some real dirty laundry

NC Mountain Girl | May 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Does this complaint mean every TV station in Massachusetts will now show that amazing shot again on the 11 o’clock news?

Massachusetts liberals don’t seem to understand that when you complain about a campaign ad you increase the numbers who see and remember the ad. Dukakis did it with Willie Horton. Kerry did it with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Now this. Too funny.

What a stupid complaint. Even if Ms Kinzel filmed this with the intention of using it for the campaign, which has not been established, it’s not as if she had other duties at the time. She’d been flown out there for her official duties, which she performed. While the senator was having some fun on the basketball court, what exactly was she supposed to be doing? Nothing. It was down time. She was free to nip out for a smoke or a coffee. It follows that she was free to use her personal iphone to film what was happening in front of her.

But let’s just suppose that she was on duty, and had been told to film this as part of her official duties. Who says it was filmed for the campaign? She could easily have filmed it, with a government camera rather than her own iphone, to be used for Brown’s official web site, together with all the other information about how he’s performing as a senator. It’s called “constituent relations”, and is not considered campaigning. Otherwise he wouldn’t be allowed to be there in the first place. Once she’d filmed it, as the product of a US government employee it would be in the public domain, and the campaign would be entitled to use it for any purpose it chose.

Two thoughts:
1. You can’t make chicken salad from chicken shit [or chicken feathers, if that word offends you].
2. Princess Spreading Bull is spreading bull.

Is there something comparable at the federal level we can use to shut down Obama ads?

1. The Brown campaign’s response:

This complaint has about as much credibility as Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be a Native American, and it is a laughable and desperate attempt to distract from Warren’s refusal to come clean with voters,” said campaign communications director Colin Reed. “Her campaign is flailing and appearing more pitiful by the day.

That’s serviceable, but IMO one can do much better. Why not turn Ted Kennedy’s notorious ‘In Robert Bork’s America’ speech to the service of good?

2. In Elizabeth Warren’s America, this kind of frivolous interference will be conducted with the full force of the federal government. Everyone will be a target. Every citizen, every homeowner, every parent. Every entrepreneur, every job creator, every small business owner. Etc.

(The foregoing is only a conceptual, very crude draft.)

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