Friday, August 25, 2006
There she goes again...
While we're pretty used to Sue Kelly taking credit for all sorts of things she barely has anything to do with, this item which currently leads her campaign website really sinks to a new low. Why? You don't need to look much further than the headline:
"Kelly Bill to Protect Children from Online Predators Passes House"
Sounds pretty terrific, huh? Exactly the type of legislation you'd expect a mom and a grandmother like Kelly to fight hard on. The only problem is that it isn't exactly a Kelly bill. She was one of 39 co-sponsors, which hardly gives her the right to take full credit, as if she single-handedly shepherded the legislation. Indeed, one wonders what the actual sponsor of the legislation, Michael Fitzpatrick would think about Kelly stealing the credit he took last month.
We'll also note that the legislation passed by a vote of 410-15, so Kelly wasn't exactly tackling a controversial subject. That fact was also conveniently missing from Kelly's site.
As the campaign heats up, we expect Kelly's finely oiled PR machine -- led by Jay Townsend, a former staffer for Pat Buchanan -- to really kick into high gear. But the voters in the 19th deserve more than Townsend's smoke and mirrors. Being one of 39 co-sponsors does not make it Kelly's bill. Not even close!