Thursday, January 19, 2006

Lumberjack Lichtman Takes Another Swing at Cardin

from The League: Reassembled

Senate candidate Allan Lichtman today challenged his Democratic primary opponent Rep. Ben Cardin's commitment to senior's health care.

Lichtman noted that althought the Congressman from the 3rd District issued a press release statement claiming that he puts "the interests of America’s seniors ahead of the special interests," Cardin received $29,500 in contributions from the pharmaceutical and health products industry in his 2004 re-election campaign. Lichtman implied that these contributions influenced "Congressman's vote, in which he broke ranks with 78% of Democrats to vote against The Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2003, which would have authorized the importation of low cost prescription drugs from Canada."

Damn. Lichtman is taking him on. Although connecting Cardin's vote to fundraising is merely speculation, his support for an anti-senior medical care measure is more than fair game. The attack provides a good example of Lichtman's strategy. The college professor is smart enough to know he can't win the election with a positive message; he has to knock down Cardin as well. If successful, this may have the effect of gaining himself some attention, which could then move him past Kweisi Mfume, who is second to Cardin in polls and fundraising.

While the strategy seems to be Lichtman's best shot, The League is doubtful it will succeed. Cardin's long history and close connections in the Maryland political world make for some pretty deep roots; Lichtman is going to need a stronger axe than periodic press releases criticizing Cardin for this or that vote. All we can tell Lichtman is keep chopping and hope you find a soft spot.

from The League: Reassembled


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