Thursday, November 02, 2006

Well, isn't THAT civil.

The GOP is getting so antsy about the Democrat running for Dick Cheney's old House seat in Wyoming that they've started airing attack ads lobbing the worst sort of insult at him. They are branding him (gasp! hide the children!) a "New Yorker."

"New Yorkers march to a different drummer," the ad says disapprovingly. "Maybe that's why Gary Trauner is so out of step with Wyoming. He's from New York, not Wyoming!"

In the coup de grace, the ad shows a picture of Trauner in a suit, superimposed over busy New York City streets. Then the suit morphs into an "I Love NY" T-shirt.

The National Republican Congressional Committee spent $250,000 to air the ad, part of a last-minute effort to shore up seats that were once considered invulnerable.

Trauner, who was born in the Catskills, moved to Wyoming 16 years ago to raise a family after attending NYU's business school. But six-term incumbent Rep. Barbara Cubin insists he's still a city slicker.

"The guy's from New York. It's not a good fit. He's too liberal. He's just not familiar with Wyoming's issues," said Cubin spokesman Joe Milczewski.

"For example, in New York City, you don't have a wolf problem. We have a big wolf problem in Wyoming."

Trauner entered the race for Wyoming's only House seat as a sacrificial lamb.

But that was before a debate last week when Cubin walked up to Libertarian candidate Thomas Rankin, who is in a wheelchair, and made one of those terrible mistakes that can stop a campaign cold.

"If you weren't sitting in that chair, I'd slap you across the face," she said, angry that he questioned her taking money from indicted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

If being from New York is bad in the eyes of Wyoming, threatening a guy with multiple sclerosis is worse.

I love to see the Goopers panic. Wolves? No we don't have a wolf problem. Being the numero uno target for terrorists, of course, pales in comparison to the Wyoming wolf problem.


From the Daily News.