If the era of Trump has taught us anything, it’s that theatrical rhetoric can act as nitro fuel for an anti-establishment campaign. Kay Daly, a candidate challenging North Carolina incumbent Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, has upped the ante with a recent post on her website.
Daly calls Ellmers a “child abuser,” a reference not to physical but fiscal harm, the effect of policies that Ellmers has supported in Congress. Daly writes:
My three beautiful children joined me when I filed because it is their future that has been placed very much in doubt by the political stupidity and cowardice of my Congressman (RINO Renee Ellmers), GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, and a host of other gutless politicians who campaign as courageous “conservatives”, but govern as craven weasels cowering in the corner.
With the support of Ellmers & McCarthy, John Boehner and Paul Ryan have turned the Speaker’s Office from a bully pulpit into the Pansy Pulpit, and I’ve had enough. Renee Ellmers has saddled my children (and yours) with an absurd level of debt that they have no realistic hope of ever repaying. The policy wonks call it “intergenerational wealth transfer,” but I call it what it is: it’s child abuse. It’s fiscal child abuse, and it must end.
That’s the kind of red meat that seems to hold sway over Republic primary voters these days. In this case, the root claim isn’t without merit. Certainly, spending today which places debt on our children tomorrow could be characterized as abuse.
For some more Kay Daly flavor, check out this eccentric campaign ad: