Get a Job, Dan.
For those of you who didn't get to see the House Race Hotline yesterday, here's a reprint:
'06 nominee Dan Seals' (D) camp responded 7/21 to "recent suggestions" by Rep. Mark Kirk (R) that he should "get a job and stop living off his donors."
Kirk, in a campaign memo last week: "After losing his bid for Congress, Seals did no return to GE Finance and was unemployed. Near the end of the 2006 campaign, Seals paid himself $25,000 out of his campaign donor funds - an act that is legal but strongly discouraging to donor...in May, Seals filed his 2008 financial disclosure to the U.S. House showing only $3,300 in earned income through the first quarter of the year."
The Seals campaign claimed that Kirk was resorting "to demeaning and untruthful smears" "reminiscent" of "slash-and-burn" ex-WH guru Karl Rove.
The Seals camp, in a memo: "Mark Kirk entirely overlooks the fact that Dan Seals has worked as a business consultant and lecturer at Northwestern since 2006 and that Seals' wife serves in a senior level corporate position. So the question is, what does Mark Kirk find so objectionable that the Seals family, like many families in the 10th district have two two working parents?" (Murray, Roll Call, 7/22).
Just so we're all on the same page, the House Race Hotline is the most-watched daily political reporting on House races used by the national parties and political pundits. After hearing arguments from both sides, House Race Hotline's title, "Get a Job," suggests the Kirk camp is winning the argument in the eyes of America's top political analysts.
Why? Because, as they say, you are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts.
If Dan has been a business consultant since 2006, why did he pay himself $25,000 from his campaign fund? Why can't he ever seem to name any of his clients? If he's so successful at business consulting, how come he only reported making $3,300 in 2008? These questions end with easy answers – Dan Seals lied to Roll Call and TA has the evidence to prove it.
In his response to accusations of chronic unemployment, the Pup told Roll Call that he's been a lecturer at Northwestern since 2006. But as loyal TA readers will remember, we debunked that myth six months ago. You may recall it became a big issue for him in the Democratic primary.
And has Seals really been a business consultant since 2006? Perhaps, if it's a codeword for unemployed (like "writer," "artist" or "traveler"), as he must have started in November after he lost the 2006 election to Congressman Kirk and did not return to his former job at GE. The funny thing is, we have no record of a single client who has ever used Seals' consulting services. In fact, his primary opponent asked him what he did for a living during their joint appearance before the Chicago Tribune in December – and he could not name a single client.
More interesting is that Dan seems to have left out of his memo to Roll Call any mention of his brief stint at ThePoint.com. As we reported last October, Seals left unemployment briefly in the middle of his primary campaign to hide his inability to find employment. More coverage on ThePoint can be found here and here. Suddenly, Seals was no longer with ThePoint, as we also reported in December (another report here).
Did the Pup think he could just send out a memo filled with bull***t and no one would notice?
Seals' thin resume is becoming an issue for him, as it becomes more and more apparent that his only qualification for running for Congress is, well... he's run for Congress! I recall a LTE in support of Seals I read recently that touted his experience in teaching English (high school level) overseas. Lordy, if that's the best credential Seals supporters can cite to, Seals may well wish to de-emphasize his resume on the campaign trail as much as possible. Even better, this same letter contended that Seals had "deep, meaningful relationships and experience from his time in the business community." What a load of malarkey. Here's another codeword translation: "Deep meaningful relationships" = he's got no specific accomplishments to talk about.
Well, Dan, when this ridiculousness is over for you in November, maybe there's a job waiting for you at ThePoint.
THURSDAY UPDATE: Well, the Blue Blogs are out in force this morning, all going nuts over the Seals "job" issue. Of course, none of them acnowledge the fact that Seals lied to Roll Call, and that he's not been a professor at NU "since 2006". But, hey, what are facts to the Dems?
Sadly, in typical Dem fashion, they have already brought out the "race" charge against Kirk over at the anti-Semitic DailyKos, apparently due to Kirk's arrogance in pointing out these issues. As we've said here before, the Dems' knee-jerk play of the 'race card' in response to any criticism of a Dem candidate who happens to be a minority simply serves to dilute the claim when REAL racism occurs. Ever hear of the "boy who cried wolf"? Apparently, at DailyKos, they have not.
ALSO- the so-called "independent" candidate, Alan Stevo (a Ron Paul supporter) is off the ballot in the 10th. That sure didn't take long. He got only 7,000 signatures, when the required number is 10,285. Can't this guy count?