Did anyone just hear a loud splash in the Hudson River? We did. It was Rep. Sue W. Kelly going overboard with her attack ads.
From the very start, I’ve tried to keep this campaign about issues. I’ve tried to talk about what’s best for our district and America. Unfortunately, with many polls now showing me leading Sue W. Kelly by a hair, her campaign has turned to truly disgusting Swift Boat-style attacks. It’s personal, and it’s ugly (see following video clip from RNN TV).
She is sending tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of glossy fliers around the district, claiming I have some relationship to North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Il. It is a desperate attack designed to scare voters into staying home on election day. It would seem ridiculous, if it wasn’t so real.
We need to fight back with what our campaign does best—positive, grassroots, voter-to-voter campaigning. We have almost 1,000 volunteers helping us Get Out the Vote this weekend. (If you want to join the effort, sign up today.) Even with all this donated labor, GOTV campaigning costs money. Flyers cost money. Vans cost money. Phone calls cost money.
Please, make a final donation right now to help us reach voters with a positive message in these last few days. Help us defeat not only Sue Kelly, but also the despicable attack politics that Karl Rove Republicans have foisted upon this nation. Let’s prove that grassroots democracy can triumph over fear.
If you’re already a volunteer, recruit others. If you can’t volunteer, support our volunteers with a donation. Do it now. There is no more time to hold back.
We are on the very brink of victory. If we work together, we will win!
— John Hall, Democratic candidate for Congress, 19th District, New York
One more note: if you have questions about my positions on issues, don’t rely on Kelly’s lies. Here is the truth—I support a strong and ready defense, to be used only when faced with real threats. I have a proven record of keeping taxes down. I am for an immigration policy that grants citizenship to law-abiding immigrants.
It is time for a safe withdrawal of our troops from Iraq, health care that covers all of us and saves us money, energy policies that reduce our dependance on oil, and a representative who represents our values in Washington.