Thursday, July 17, 2008

Now We're Playin' Ball

HULSHOF & STEELMAN BOTH UP WITH NEW ADS
BOTH APPEAR ON CAMERA
AT ISSUE: Spending vs. Ethanol

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"Politicians call it taxpayer money. I'm a mom . . . I call it your money"

SO WHICH IS BETTER?

"Sarah's not telling you she's totally reversed her position since July 1st."

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REACTION FLOWS IN

FROM THE RV BUS IN COLUMBIA, SPENCE PHONES IT IN:

"He's not being straight with Missourians. He's not telling them he's getting rich off the ethanol mandate. He has a financial interest in ethanol, and that's why he's in favor of it," said Steelman spokesperson Spence Jackson. "He grows corn. Meanwhile, hard-working Missourians are paying $4 dollars a gallon to subsidize his lifestyle. He's got a financial interest and he's not coming clean about it."

WHEN PRESSED IN PHONE INTERVIEW, CONCEDES STEELMAN SWITCHED POSITIONS ON THE ETHANOL MANDATE:

"In essence, she did. Yes, she did support it temporarily. But she always had concerns about the matter, and unlike him, she listened to people. He's stayed rigid because he has a financial interest in it. Three or four months later, you see the impact of it, who could be for it? She's out here on the trail and is meeting farmers who agree. He's behind the curve."

HULSHOF'S SCOTT BAKER IS SUCCINCT:

"The only thing that Sarah Steelman has been consistent about in this campaign is attacking Kenny Hulshof," responds Hulshof spokesperson Scott Baker.
"Missourians are growing tired of her constant negativity. It eventually backfires."

ALERTED OF THE STEELMAN CAMP'S COMMENTS, BAKER ADDS:

"That is a direct attack on Kenny's character, because they are saying 'he's only in it for himself,'" Baker said. "Sarah Steelman knows better. What she doesn't mention is that Kenny has been a champion of biofuels for a decade, way before he took control of his family's farm. He is for it because its good for Missouri, a point that's clearly lost on Sarah Steelman. Anything to distract from her John Kerry-esque flip-flop!," Baker added.

1 comment:

listread said...

In his ad, Kenny concludes that Missouri needs a governor that stands on principle.

What principle prevails with ethanol mandates and production subsidies?

It can't be free market principles. It can't be principles against conferring favored treatment to the politically well-connected.

The only principles I see behind ethanol mandates and subsidies are those of mercantilism and rent-seeking.