It is Election time and the biggest race in Missouri is the battle for the US Senate seat between Roy Blunt (R) and Robin Carnahan (D). Both Blunt and Carnahan come from families with a long history in Missouri politics, and both are fighting a hard campaign to win. As with any election there has been a lot of controversy, mud slinging, and misleading of the public. But it seems like Current Secretary of State Carnahan is doing more than her share of dirt.
Those who follow Missouri politics know that The Carnahan name is not new to controversy and election oddities. Mel Carnahan, Father of Robin, served as Governor from 1993 to 2000 and ran against John Ashcroft for a Senate Seat which became one of the strangest election moments in Missouri history. In October of 2000 Carnahan was killed in a plane crash just three weeks short of Election Day, but this didn’t stop the voters from electing him.
As Mel was elected posthumously, his wife Jean was appointed to fill his spot, and thus began the Missouri Carnahan family legacy that now brings us to Robin fighting to maintain power and the family political name. The sad thing in this election is that it’s not about the state, or the country, or the people, it’s about two elitist families trying to grasp for power. The fight has definitely gotten dirty.
Really the campaign has been dirty from the beginning. An ad released by Roy Blunt’s campaign back in April features the slogan “Robin Carnahan shoveling more bull.” In the ad Carnahan is referred to as just another rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama. In another ad, it’s stated that Carnahan’s plans would double utility costs and would cost 32,000 Missouri jobs. This is clearly not a friendly campaign.
While Blunt went negative with his ads, he still has not managed quite the level of vile dishonest attacks that his opponent has. An ad released in early September asks “what is Congressman Blunt Hiding?” The ad loosely links him to Convicted Felon Jack Abramoff, accuses him of slipping favors to big tobacco and spending over a million dollars in secret legal fees. All of this while the background music plays a tune very similar to the music from “Halloween” to really cast Blunt as a villain.
But where it gets really interesting is when a campaign goes far enough to get sued by a major news network. In a recent smear ad, clips from a 2006 Fox News interview with Roy Blunt were used to show that Blunt is “…the very worst of Washington” The ad features part of an interview with Chris Wallace asking Blunt tough questions about his relationship with lobbyists and big tobacco. The ad created controversy and led to a lawsuit because it implied Chris Wallace and Fox News support Robin Carnahan or at the least oppose Roy Blunt. Using other people’s words and image to sell your point of view by making them unknowing allies is extremely unethical and disgusting. In this campaign, both sides are slinging mud, both sides have negative ads, but only Carnahan has achieved such a high level of dishonesty that The state of Missouri can’t help but be embarrassed.