The Battle for America 2010: Democrats Push Libertarian in MD-1 with Phony Mailings

Showing their desperation to pump up the flagging candidacy of freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil in an R + 13 district, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has sent out a series of mailers over the last week to conservative members of the district asking if Libertarian candidate Dr. Richard Davis, a dentist from Hurlock, is “too conservative.”

It's obvious that Beltway Democrats recall how the First District was only carried by Kratovil in 2008 by 2,852 votes over Republican Dr. Andy Harris, with Libertarian Davis picking up 8,873 votes – or 2.5% of the total. All three are on the ballot again so it's obvious this effort is to use the Libertarian alternative to peel away conservative support for Harris and make Davis again become the spoiler in the race.

I was alerted to these mailings by Cecil County Patriots member Jackie Gregory, who was one of the recipients. She adeptly pointed out in her note to me that “the purpose of these ads is to confuse voters who are sympathetic to the Tea party, thereby boosting Kratovil’s chances at re-election.”

She also provided some anecdotal evidence of the TEA Party's effect in the district:

"Recently, a poll in our district was conducted which showed high favorability ratings of the Tea Party among likely voters. When I was doorknocking a couple of weeks ago, one thing that struck me was the overwhelmingly positive response I received when we mentioned the Tea Party. For every one of us that actually stays directly involved or connected to the Tea Party, there are several others who sympathize with the movement and watch from a distance."