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Huelskamp attacks Mann ad/slogan

The Huelskamp campaign is taking issue with Tracey Mann’s new ad and slogan.

“The entire rationale of Mann’s campaign is based on a bogus slogan that he bought from an out-of-state political consultant. According to (that other newspaper), Mann’s slogan came from a political consultant who also gave it to at least two other candidates — in at least two other states!,” said Huelskamp campaign manager David Ray.

Ray is referring to Mann’s consultants, who are using the “Deep roots in (insert state), not politics” slogan in Tennessee and Alabama.

Ray also took a swipe at Mann’s recent Washington D.C. fundraiser.

“Just last week, Tracey Mann was shaking down Washington DC lobbyists at a swanky fundraiser attended by Members of Congress and former Members of Congress at a place called the Capitol Hill Club, and now he wants to act like he’s not a political insider. That’s just not believable. The fundraising invitation shows that Mann’s D.C. fundraising event was co-hosted by out-of-state politicians, including Congressman Robert Aderholt, Congressman Zach Wamp, and disgraced former Congressman-turned-lobbyist Chip Pickering.”

So what does this all mean? Basically, Mann has arrived, and is seen as being a threat. Campaigns don’t respond to other campaigns unless there’s something in it for them. While Mann is not a lock for the Big First, he’s absolutely out of the second tier candidates, and is ready to play in the big leagues.

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3 thoughts on “Huelskamp attacks Mann ad/slogan

  1. It seems the Huelskamp campaign is on the same road as the Tiahrt campaign- desperately latching on to nearly anything about the opponent and trying to spin it as negatively as possible. Seems childish and desperate to me. It’s refreshing to see the Mann and Moran campaigns staying focused on the real issues facing our District and State rather than delving in meaningless negativity and politics we’re all tired of.

    Posted by ks1voter | June 17, 2010, 3:01 am
  2. Huelskamp seems to forget that his own Campaign Manager is from out of state – talk about calling the kettle black! Huelskamp has a record alright – a record of not working well with people in his own party let own not having the decency to reach across the aisle on issues that matter to all Kansans. If you thought Tom Delay was good for America then you will love Tim Huelskamp.

    Posted by wheatstate | June 17, 2010, 3:33 am
  3. What I find most amusing about Huelskamp’s attack is:

    1. He accepted over $100,000 in out-of-state contributions from the Club for (Democratic) Growth.

    2. Every endorsement he’s listed has been out of the district. In Huelskamp’s little world, he wants you to believe that Gov. Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee wake up every day and call Huelskamp to see how they can better serve Kansas together. Does Huelskamp think the voters are that stupid?

    3. Wheat State makes a good point. Huelskamp employs absolutely nobody from the district, except for a “finance director” who he only hired because he wanted her daddy’s money. His consultant is from Virginia, his real finance director is from Virginia (and who once famously asked if Johnson County was in the Big First), and his media company is out of Ohio.

    Are his attacks on Mann legitimate? Yes.

    Mann has been running as an outsider, yet held a DC-insider reception at a private club. Funny how you can’t find it anywhere on his website or Facebook. Furthermore, he says his experience isn’t in politics, yet likes to breathlessly say how he was Jerry’s first intern and worked with politicians with that whacko fundamentalist group he worked for. His contributions to Slattery are also problematic.

    But Huelskamp’s attacks lose credibility when the attack can be easily reversed on him, and attacking Mann further shows his campaign is imploding (specifically because Mann is eating away at his SW base).

    Posted by kspolitico | June 17, 2010, 3:00 pm

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