I can tell the campaigns are heating up. There were two new posts to FactCheck.org today. Not long ago, the pace was more like one a week. FactCheck nailed both Republicans and Democrats in Arizona:
Democratic challenger Jim Pederson inaccurately portrays incumbent Sen. Jon Kyl’s voting record on energy policy. He says Kyl “voted oil corporations billions in special tax breaks” when in fact Kyl was one of the few Republicans to oppose tax breaks in the recent energy bill.
Then, the Kyl campaign misfires with an ad claiming Pederson is “pushing a $1 trillion tax hike,” which he isn’t.
In Ohio, they hang a Democratic 527 group out to dry:
An ad by a new outside group, Majority Action, which is co-chaired by former Democratic National Committee co-chairman Joe Andrew, attacks Ohio Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce for traveling too much at the expense of “big special interests,” weakening ethics rules and trying to block a probe of infamous and indicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
But Pryce’s overseas travel with private interests footing the bill stopped in January 2001, except for a journey to Israel in 2005, and her domestic trips have been fairly modest. The ad has it right when it says she voted to weaken ethics rules, though it’s off-base when it says she wanted “to stop” an Abramoff investigation. Instead, she voted against a highly partisan resolution that would have urged the House ethics committee to open a probe of lawmakers and staff implicated in the Abramoff scandals.
The next six weeks should be fun for those of us who like to follow the lies.