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Published July 18 2012

Cramer target of Dem cheap shot

When it comes to in-the-dirt tactics, it’s hard to beat the latest from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC is trying to link North Dakota’s Republican U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer with a Florida Republican congressman who is alleged to have funneled money from his corporations into his campaign treasury in order to evade taxes. The Cramer campaign received $5,000 in allegedly tainted money.

But hold on. The investigation is focused on allegations against Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., not the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is the source of the $5,000. Buchanan is one of many fundraisers for the committee, but the committee, not the congressman, distributes funds to candidates. Money Buchanan might have contributed to the committee cannot in fairness be linked to Cramer.

First, there are several degrees of separation between Cramer and the Buchanan probe. Second, the suggestion that every dollar in the Republican committee’s bank is suspect because of association with Buchanan is partisan nonsense at its worst.

The DCCC stunt is a classic cheap shot. It is, however, an opportunity for Democratic House candidate Pam Gulleson to distance herself from such low-life campaigning.

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