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.