In response to a Red State post criticizing him for taking nasty shots at Chuck DeVore’s Senate campaign in California — something no staffer should do — the NRSC’s Brian Walsh again attacks the DeVore campaign: “It’s hard to draw any conclusion other than that this is a campaign that likes to play games,” NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said. “It’s unfortunate, but if and when they’d like to stop this nonsense and work with us on defeating Barbara Boxer next year, we look forward to meeting with them.”
Also, he writes here that “we see a campaign sending out information which they themselves know to be false.” Again, another attack, as if the DeVore campaign is the political enemy, rather than a potential nominee.
This is an outrage. No campaign committee staffer should be publicly disparaging a campaign that may end up being that of his party’s nominee for a key Senate seat.
This is the time that a staffer should A) shut up; and B) arrange for another NRSC committee spokesman to say something along thse lines: “We are sorry that there appears to have been a misunderstanding with the DeVore campaign. It matters not how the misunderstanding occurred. We want to make sure the misunderstanding is solved. We welcome any inquiries from Mr. DeVore’s campaign, and will gladly set up a meeting between him and chairman John Cornyn if he wants one.”
Period. End of story. How difficult is that? Stop the infighting, move to a higher plane, be constructive, and stop making yourself, as a staffer, the story. Gee, when I was a press secretary, I learned that sort of thing in, oh, about 11 minutes and 27 seconds on my first day of work.
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