Sam Page has a secret. He’s accepted a large contribution from a Canadian company, breaking a Federal law in the process. In fact, Sam Page admitted it came from a Canadian address. Now, after having been caught Sam Page has all kinds of excuses. The bottom line? Sam Page doesn’t want you to know that he broke the law. Sam Page’s choices are risky for Missouri. On November 4th say “No” to Sam Page. Paid for by Citizens Taking Charge, Patrick Wilson, treasurer.
Typical old school style republican campaign tactics. I figure their “…was found to have voted with Vito Marcantonio” robocall will be out any day now.
Sam Page (D), the candidate challenging republican incumbent Peter Kinder in the Lt. Governor race, is the target of a lot of republican campaign trash tactics. Does anybody think Peter Kinder (R) might be a little concerned about his re-election prospects?
Gee, the letter is so “personal”, and yet it is unsigned.
Uh, yep. “Citizens Taking Charge”, the same entity behind the nasty robocalls.
The letter was reads like it was written by a junior high school age political operative.
“Heavy heart”? Instead, try “really scared of losing current job, eh Peter”?
What do you mean “we”, republican hacks?
The envelope was addressed to an individual who contributed money to Sam Page’s campaign – and who would have shown up in the itemized contribution portion of his campaign finance reports. There was no return address.
The envelope, please…
Permit, permit, who paid for the permit?
I have a sneaking suspicion we’re going to find out.
By the way, the grass is green everywhere this election cycle when it comes to Democratic candidates.
Okay, who is paying for all this? Well, according to a report filled with the Missouri Ethics Commission [pdf], “Citizens Taking Charge” received a contribution of $40,000.00 from the “American Democracy Alliance” on July 31, 2008.
The Missouri Secretary of State has an “American Democracy Alliance” listed in Kansas City, but it has a different address than the one listed in the campaign finance report. Could this be the same entity?
Dr. Sam Page has the wrong prescription for Missouri’s children. Sam Page says he’s concerned about Missouri’s children, but it doesn’t show. Sam Page voted against background checks for foster parents, putting thousands of Missouri children at risk. Sam Page also voted to allow an investigation of child abuse to close if the child dies during the investigation. Sam Page’s choices are risky for Missouri. On November 4th say “No” to Sam Page. Paid for by Citizens Taking Charge, Patrick Wilson, treasurer.
The beginning of the next phone call was cut of by the answering machine:
…[sup]ports public education, but it doesn’t show. Sam Page voted against funding Missouri’s education budget eleven times. Sam Page voted against three hundred and twenty five million dollars in new funding for Missouri’s public schools. Sam Page’s choices are risky for Missouri. On November 4th say “No” to Sam Page. Paid for by Citizens Taking Charge, Patrick Wilson, treasurer.
Why, that’s enough to make you want you to take Sam Page out back and beat the crap out of him. At least that’s what they want voters to think.
We’ll have this kind of negative campaign tactics for as long as they work. We can do our part to make sure these tactics don’t work this election cycle. Get out and vote a straight Democratic Party ballot on November 4th (remember, you’ve got to mark the Democrat for each race since the republican controlled General Assembly got rid of the straight party check off on the ballot).
Sam Page’s campaign is answering Peter Kinder’s direct (non-surrogate) attacks in an e-mail to supporters:
…By now you may have seen or heard the attacks of my opponent, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. His negative advertisements confirm two facts we’ve known for some time 1) He’s behind in the polls 2) He doesn’t even recognize that a moral/ethical line exists.
Beginning a TV presence with negative advertising is a tell tale sign of an incumbent who’s behind. His distortions go beyond twisting the truth; they are just down right lies.
In one of his disgraceful attacks, my opponent says I voted to increase Medicaid reimbursements so I could make myself and my friends more wealthy. Those of us in the medical field know that no body makes money on Medicaid. Many medical practices serving Medicaid populations can hardly make ends meet and are in danger of having to close their doors.
In another, Lt. Gov. Kinder attacks me for voting against a bill that would have made it more difficult for the state to investigate cases of physical and sexual abuse against children. Twice in the media, he has attacked me for this, and twice third parties have provided verification that my position was right.
From the KY3 Political Blog: “In voting against house bills 679 and 396 in 2003, Sam Page was defending children in foster care,” says Lori Burns-Bucklew, attorney and member of the Kansas City Prevention Roundtable. “There were so many reasons to vote against this bill. For example, it required addresses of foster homes to be disclosed which put the foster kids’ safety in jeopardy, and it would have put children at risk by making it more difficult to prosecute cases of child abuse. Sam Page did the right thing,” she adds…
In defending this legislation, Lt. Gov. Kinder is saying he favors legislation to make it more difficult to investigate and prosecute cases of physical and sexual abuse against children. I’ve challenged Lt. Gov. Kinder to find one reputable child care advocate who agrees with his position.
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board also agreed with my position in 2003: In July, Holden vetoed the bill, which would make numerous changes in Missouri’s child-protection system. His reasons were sound: It would have limited the state’s power to supoena witnesses in abuse and neglect cases, taking away an important tool in finding out the truth. It would also have required law enforcement officials to videotape child witnesses. Experts say that could be frightening to the children and could discourage them from talking…