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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Super PAC Funder Disavows Reverend Wright Ad Proposal

Posted by on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM

That didn't take long: The news broke this morning, and now super PAC funder Joe Ricketts is running away (via press release) from the Reverend Wright ad proposal that was attributed to his organization:

Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called Ricketts Plan to defeat Mr. Obama that The New York Times wrote about this morning. Not only was this plan merely a proposal — one of several submitted to the Ending Spending Action Fund by third-party vendors — but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take.

I bet when the news of this broke, the Romney team clamped down hard on Ricketts' leg and shook the stupid out of him.


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This is the ‘don't think of an elephant’ tactic.
Posted by sall on May 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM · Report this
cressona 2
I'm drawn to the name of the organization, "Ending Spending Action Fund." You've got to just marvel at the Republicans' chutzpah to try to tag Obama as Mr. Big Spender and Mr. Run Up the Debt.

Under Bush and the Republicans, driving up the debt was a deliberate act: two rounds of tax cuts, two unfunded wars, a new unfunded prescription drug entitlement. With Obama in office, most of the increase in debt has been out of his control:
* When the economy goes into freefall, revenues inevitably go way down and expenditures go way up.
* Obama inherited the structural shortfalls Bush and the Republicans programmed into the system, plus the expanding cost of Medicare.
* He's been hog-tied by a Congress where the filibuster has given the minority the perverse incentive to sabotage the majority.

Sure, there was the stimulus, but that was less than a trillion dollars, and most of that was tax cuts and aid to state and local governments.

Counting down until the inevitable response from the so-called "Gay Dude for Romney..." I believe he's got some kind of daily quota.
Posted by cressona on May 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM · Report this
I kind of believe Ricketts camp. Somebody puts his name on something, and that is his responsibility? The internet, for all its glories, is also a purveyor of gossip and unsubstantiated rumors. I suspect that to be the case here.
Posted by bareboards on May 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM · Report this
seatackled 4
Ricketts is definitely a Romney advisor. Bring this up the next time Hilary Rosen is mentioned.
Posted by seatackled on May 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
@3 It's a little more complicated than that. He paid a group to develop a plan/plans to help Mitt Romney defeat Pres. Obama. This, for better or worse, is one of the plans his money bought him. I'm willing to give Ricketts the benefit of the doubt on this, but it's quite clear that GOP operatives are willing to entertain thoughts of running this kind of campaign.
Posted by searunner on May 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Oh, don't worry. They'll work their way back around to it in a couple of months.
Posted by Pope Buck I on May 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Paul - I love you for writing that last sentence... :D
Posted by subwlf on May 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
@3 - yeah, that pesky New York Times on the internet. Always pedaling those unsubstantiated rumors.

The Ricketts family is trying to get the City of Chicago to pony up taxpayer money to help renovate Wrigley Field. Because fiscal conservativism. Assholes.
Posted by kalel80806 on May 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM · Report this
I'm kind of surprised going after Obama's ties to Wright is considered so toxic. It's not like the Republicans haven't done far more disgusting shit.
Posted by MR M on May 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM · Report this
And his kids own the Chicago Cubs, and are seeking $100 million to rehab Wrigley. This is a shitstorm in Chicago. Working on an Oped about it now. Two of my season-ticket partners have already started boycott talk.
Posted by Chicago Fan on May 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM · Report this
sirkowski 11
omg the cosmopolitan socialist conspirators are in control of the republican party!!!!!!!11111111
Posted by sirkowski on May 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Report this

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