Thursday, February 02, 2006

"My Checkbook is Bigger than Your Checkbook!"

This week the candidates running in the GOP primary for Attorney General began a press release war. Was it a back and forth about some grand legal policy? No. Was it about plans for improving law enforcement in the state? Nope. How about consumer protection, was it about that? Not really. It was an argument over who had the larger checkbook.

Paul Bucher put out a press release on Tuesday entitled, “Bucher has three times more money; Van Hollen Campaign Runs in the Red.” In the press release he elaborated as follows:

New figures revealed today that Attorney General candidate J.B. Van Hollen has only $44,161 cash-on-hand, raising serious questions about Van Hollen’s continuing viability as a statewide candidate, according to electronic filings posted by the State Elections Board Wednesday.

In addition, Van Hollen spent almost $40,000 more than he raised in the last six-month campaign finance reporting period, according to documents his campaign filed with the State Elections board show.

Then Van Hollen shot back at Bucher with his own press release yesterday saying:

Attorney General candidate and former U.S. Attorney JB Van Hollen believes in telling the truth. So he's clarifying misconceptions regarding fundraising totals between the two Republican candidates for attorney general.

On January 31, 2006, Van Hollen's primary opponent, Paul Bucher, issued a misleading statement saying they "raised nearly $248,000" by the December 31st filing deadline and they raised "$124,959" and "$25,000 more in the period" than the Van Hollen campaign. Bucher further alleges the Van Hollen campaign is having financial difficulty.

These statements are not accurate. Furthermore, finance reports filed with the State Elections Board indicates that roughly $55,000 of the funds Bucher claims to have raised is nothing more than a personal loan to the campaign and were not contributions from individual donors. Van Hollen said he was disappointed in Bucher for intentionally misleading the media and voters.

“When you’re running to be the state’s top cop I think it’s important to shoot straight. Issuing misleading statements is not the kind of leadership we need in the office of attorney general,” Van Hollen said. “I’m proud that people have put more faith in my campaign and we actually raised the more in donations than my opponent.”

Doesn’t this sound like that childhood argument over who has the bigger dad? I can envision it now. Little Paulie Bucher and JB on the school playground.

Paulie: “my daddy is bigger than your daddy.”

JB: “No he’s not, my daddy is bigger than your daddy.”

Paulie: “Oh yeah, well our checkbook is bigger than yours.”

JB: “No it’s not, our checkbook is bigger than yours!”

Paulie: “Well, your in financial trouble!”

JB: “I know you are but what am I?”

As this 3rd grade drama unfolds, the adults running for Attorney General are talking about real issues that matter in the every day lives of voters.

1 comment:

grumps said...

Why not just whip out both checkbooks, put 'em on the table and measure them?

That's what manly men would do.