I want to answer Chuck DeVore’s surprising attack on Elizabeth Emken in Flash Report today. First, let me say that Chuck DeVore has been a friend and was helpful to me when I first became Communications Director for the CRP. And I was sad to see him leave California for safer ground in Texas.
But, I also understand that Chuck is just as human as any of us, and that’s why he’s still frosted over the Senate Primary, where he came in 3rd out of 3 candidates. I imagine that’s why he’s decided to come after GOP frontrunner Elizabeth Emken (whose campaign I’m working for as Senior Communications Adviser.). He sees some of Carly’s team helping Elizabeth in her Senate race, and it’s payback time. And that’s a shame.
For the record:
- Elizabeth Emken formally entered the U.S. Senate race in late January. Chuck, you are just plain wrong on this.
- Elizabeth Emken opposed passage of Obamacare, and she has made it her first priority to repeal Obamacare. Chuck, you are just plain wrong on this.
- Elizabeth Emken is a rock solid conservative. She has a team that can (and has) won statewide. And she is far outpacing all other GOP opponents in money and endorsements, including conservatives like Bill Jones, Lew Uhler, and Ron Nehring. Chuck, you are just plain wrong on this.
- By attacking Elizabeth Emken’s past financial “support” for an incumbent Republican U.S. Senator, Chuck is attacking Rick Santorum, Jon Kyl and other conservatives who also supported the re-elect of that incumbent Senator. Again, Chuck, you’re just plain wrong on this.
But the thing that really disappoints me about Chuck’s claims of having researched the Republican U.S. Senate field is that it’s obvious that he’s merely using opposition research someone handed to him.
Otherwise, he would have realized that the money he said Elizabeth Emken was paid to “professionally lobby Democrat Members of Congress” was in reality…her salary as Vice President of Government Relations for Autism Speaks, where she worked tirelessly with both Republicans AND Democrats to bring accountability and transparency to health care reform.
Chuck DeVore would have known all that, if he’d accepted my personal invitation to talk with Elizabeth Emken, express his concerns, and find out the truth right from Elizabeth’s mouth. But after this exchange on Twitter:
All I heard were crickets.
I understand Chuck’s motivation. But, let’s be real about this.
Only sour grapes from the 2010 US Senate contest would explain why Chuck DeVore would attack a woman who quit a successful career as a cost-cutting efficiency expert for IBM to become a “citizen activist” and fight bureaucracy on behalf of her profoundly disabled son and other children like him who do not have the ability to fight for themselves.
And if it’s not sour grapes…then what? I’d like to think that someone of Chuck DeVore’s integrity would want to concentrate on the merits of his candidate rather than pass along bad research about the opposition.