I’m not sure what’s more troubling here, the incredible hypocrisy underlying Democrat attacks on potential Harry Reid challenger, Sue Lowden of Nevada, or the fact that, every time a Republican woman raises her head she’s unfairly attacked. And leave it to liberal Rachel Maddow to lead the charge. No air time for a bit on Charlie Rangel, I’d bet. As you’ll see from links and video below, they want desperately to link Lowden to John Ensign, all in an effort to protect the oh so vulnerable Harry Reid.
So, what has Reid himself had to say about Ensign, regardless of what you want to make of his troubles? Nada, zilch!
It was part of an ongoing attempt by Democrats to tie Ensign, the Nevada Republican embroiled in an ongoing scandal, to Lowden, who is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
But Ensign still has at least one other friend in Nevada — Reid.
Through a spokesman Reid said that Ensign’s affair with the wife of a staff member, who also worked for him, is a “personal matter.” That despite a report in The New York Times last week raising allegations that Ensign helped secure employment for Doug Hampton, a former top aide, who apparently went on to lobby the senator’s office in possible violation of the federal one-year lobbying ban. Ensign had been having an affair with Hampton’s wife, Cynthia.
You got that? Reid, being a part of the old boys club, well, he’s allowed to remain silent. None of the members of the party for the most part protecting Charlie Rangel even care. But a Republican woman and former GOP chair who looks like she could beat Reid? Well, they simply can’t allow that. She’s expected to denounce Ensign right out of the gate, even though she’s more focused on her own challenges in beating Harry Reid. Real nice. So much for fairness and equality, I guess.
And leave it to the Washington Post to spout the party line without making much noise about Harry Reid … or Charlie Rangel. I looked at this race because I want to see Reid go down in flames. It looks to me as though Lowden might be just the gal to burn him. Keep an eye on this race.
Former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden entered the race against Sen. Harry Reid (D) last week to much fanfare from national operatives who saw her as the strongest candidate in what almost certainly would be a referendum on the Senate Majority Leader.
But, Lowden is already running into trouble for her willingness to stand behind embattled Sen. John Ensign (R) and Gov. Jim Gibbons (R).
“I never called on them to resign,” Lowden said in an interview with the Fix last week. “I am supportive of both of them.”
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has seized on those words of support in the wake of revelations — first reported by the New York Times — that Ensign pulled strings to find his mistress’s husband a job without disclosing all of the details of that relationship.
“Sue Lowden’s support of John Ensign may have fundraising value to her, but it is a reflection of her own character and fitness for office,” said DSCC communications director Eric Schultz. “She has shown more fidelity to him, than he has shown to his own wife.”
“Youch!” Nothing says that quite like Rachel Maddow, assuming you can stand to watch, of course. Hypocrite.