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WELCOME Bill Cunningham listeners, and thanks to Willie for having me on. Here is the Blackwell announcement about the Zogby poll that Ohio’s newspapers “somehow” aren’t covering much, if at all. The poll shows Blackwell down by 7.5% (oops, I said 7.3% on the radio — I apologize for the slight error), which is well within the margin of error of previous Ohio polls compared to real election results.
Now, on to Wulsin.
INITIAL QUICK POST:
Here’s Whiskey Tango’s post, with links to smoking-gun docs (that’s pieces of paper, not deceptive doctors like the one running against Jean Schmidt).
There is NO thought of a nuclear waste “dump” or “disposal site” in Piketon, and the docs prove it. AND VIC WULSIN KNOWS IT. Wulsin attempts to inject the issue into one of the docs; the union calls her on the BS in the other.
I’m trying to decide if this is worse than Paul Hackett’s pretend-Republican/Bush loyalist videos/campaign ads in the August 2005 Special Election. Based on proximity to Election Day and the outrageousness/”cleverness” of the lie, I’d say it is.
I will have more on this later when I have a moment, and I’ll probably just carry this post forward.
A BizzyBlog Dealbreaker is “something that completely justifies a person not voting for you, regardless of your party or your stands on the issues.”
What Vic Wulsin has done consitutes BizzyBlog Wulsin Dealbreaker 3 — Here are quick links to Dealbreaker 1 (unethical involvement in malariotherapy) and Dealbreaker 2 (hiding the names of big money radical feminist organizations).
I certainly don’t want to steal thunder from Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot’s great post on this, so be sure to go there.
The story is this — 2nd District Democratic congressional candidate Vic Wulsin and her 1st District counterpart John Cranley (who has been sucked into this, and will regret allowing that to happen), have publicly gone into full hysteria mode, as noted in Malia Rulon’s final item in today’s “Local News” report at the Cincinnati Enquirer (bold is mine):
Victoria Wulsin, who is challenging Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt, said: “We should never import nuclear waste into our backyard.”
Their statements (Cranley’s quotes were excluded from the excerpt — Ed.) came after Schmidt said she supports a study looking at whether the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion plant in Piketon should be used to temporarily store and recycle spent nuclear fuel rods.
The proposal has come under fire by environmentalists and neighbors of the plant who are worried that once the waste gets to the plant, it will be stuck there forever.
Schmidt has made it clear that she’s not advocating for or against the plan, but she thinks it should be considered, especially since it could bring thousands of jobs to the economically distressed region.
Says Wulsin: “A nuclear waste dump is not the solution to our jobs problem.”
NOBODY is talking about a “waste dump” or a “waste disposal site” — except Vic Wulsin and her Democrat acolytes.
On Page 2 of a “clever” letter on Monday, October 31 to the heads of the two union locals and another official, after spending much of the letter affirming HER SUPPORT for the proposed expansion of work at Piketon, Wulsin slips in this sentence (find the green arrow at the link): “We should strive to create new job opportunities at Piketon, without establishing a nuclear waste disposal site.”
Clearly, this insertion and the hysteria Team Wulsin has created over the fictional possibility of permanently storing nuclear waste at Piketon has troubled those who have worked hard to preserve and expand the facility safely.
It was all apparently too much for the head of the United Steelworkers local, who just yesterday fired back a letter to Wilson with the following:
- Two references (green arrows at the link) thanking Wulsin for her SUPPORT of the facility and Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), which would expand the facility.
- Two paragraphs (in red boxes at the link) — the first, stating that there is a “fundamental misconception” about the site analysis (the “study” referred to by Rulon above); and second, a firm statement that “no elected official including your opponent Congresswoman Schmidt, union member, or community leader supports the idea of creating a waste dump at the Piketon site.”
This can be summed up in nine words: Wulsin planted the story. She’s making it all up.
Nobody with a conscience can vote for a candidate who would perpetrate such a calculated FALSE smear in the final days of an election campaign (true claims are always fair game, and are always welcome), which is why this is BizzyBlog Dealbreaker 3.
UPDATE: Well, what have we here? I have learned of a letter (link here), dated today, from the USW to Congresswoman Schmidt, containing this choice sentence in the fourth paragraph:
I appreciate very much the fact that you have continually expressed your strong opposition to Piketon becoming a so-called “waste dump.” As you and the rest of our nation know, Yucca Mountain is where our nation will store nuclear waste.
I guess “the rest of our nation” doesn’t include Vic Wulsin.
UPDATE 2: It would be nice to think that The Cincinnati Enquirer would be embarrassed at the story Malia Rulon put up in today’s paper and get busy. An e-mail on this post and the W-T-F post was sent to several reporters ths afternoon.
UPDATE 3: I think a really interesting question is whether Vic Wulsin told the straight story to the people at Emily’s List (one of three radical organizations, along with NOW and NARAL, who have endorsed Wulsin but are not listed at the Endorsements page at the Wulsin campaign’s web site). Emily’s List and its affiliated PACs are funding the lion’s share of Wulsin’s final day radio-TV blitz. To think that she might have taken money under false pretenses from them, possibly denying a more “deserving” Democrat campaign money it could have used, makes me wish I was a fly on the wall at Emily’s List headquarters right about now. (Of course, it’s possible that the Emily’s Listers know darn well about the degree of the subterfuge and went ahead anyway.)