Shaun Kenney’s post over at Bearing Drift is an epic read of exactly how misinformation is being developed into an attack on Del. Barbara Comstock on behalf of challenger for the Republican nomination in the 10th Congressional District, Rob Wasinger.
The problem is – it’s trying to fire up national pro-life bloggers without all the facts, “dragging good people into the wrong fight,” as Kenney said in his post.
The gist is this:
Wasinger started his campaign last week calling Comstock “disgusting” and trying to out-pro-life her because, you know, ‘merica. In his efforts to do so he has astroturfed an effort against her that is based on misinformation and lies.
That misinformation leads to an article that is quickly retracted, leaving the author (who also happened to be a donor to Wasinger’s 2010 Congressional campaign in Kansas,
Virginia) scrambling after the fact to try and verify the information (spoiler alert – it won’t happen).
But that’s not all: not one, not two, but THREE outlets are trying to run this story that Wasinger has already written for them, only now they’re trying to at least appear like they’re trying to get their facts straight before pulling the trigger.
Here’s the thing – there’s no “there” there.
And when Shaun Kenney, who’s pro-life bonafides are unquestionable, says there’s no “there” there, folks stand up and take notice.
This is the issue when people who aren’t in touch with the district and state wade into fights they know little about. Wasinger’s campaign has been caught time and time again in just FIVE DAYS since he announced – from roll out issues to astroturf issues and now to trying to wage a “I’m more pro-life than they are” campaign when he has absolutely no resume to speak of to back it up (aside from trying to convince social conservatives that John McCain and John Huntsman were the best conservatives this side of Barry Goldwater).
It’s gotten bad enough that potential candidate Bill Fox has said “cut it out”.
Wasinger would be wise to listen.