Just A Coincidence?
The Travis Childers camp must believe they have a winning issue with education, including his vote for the $26 billion spending bill geared toward education he supported. Over the past week, we have noted that his campaign arm has sent out two press releases attacking Alan Nunnelee on the issue, while (falsely) accusing him of slashing education spending in the state.
How long Childers can or will say this remains to be seen. You may remember they use to say pretty regularly that Nunnelee supported social security privatization. That, of course, was a downright lie as Nunnelee most recently told the Jackson Free Press he does not.
In between the campaign pressers, yesterday Childers sent out an email about education in his official capacity as a Congressman (i.e., you and me paid for it). Of course he can’t attack Nunnelee in these emails, but he is certainly free to proclaim how proud he was “to vote for legislation that will create and save an estimated 2,000 education jobs in Mississippi.” (On behalf of taxpayers, we can hope those claims work out a little better than the first stimulus bill Childers supported).
You can read the entire presser here.
He was even able to get a couple supporters of his to have their pictures taken, names released, and there story about how the $26 billion just saved their life. One is proud to be a member of the Mississippi Association of Educators.
It ends with a “constituent letter.” This constituent is concerned about school funding, giving Childers another softball to “express concern regarding education funding for the state of Mississippi.” Once again, he got a plug in for the $26 billion and concluded by letting you know we “can count on him to continue to support Mississippi’s schools and educators.”
Ladies and gentlemen, just remember you paid for this. There is certainly nothing wrong with sending out emails on behalf of your office, but it is awfully fishy when they essentially mirror your campaign pieces.