Hey, I’m just following the same rules that Begich stalking horse Put America First PAC is trying to implement: “A Super PAC in support of Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) is attacking his Republican opponent for having a home out of Alaska despite the fact that Begich himself owns a home in Washington, D.C.” Essentially, one of the Republican candidates (Dan Sullivan) bought a house in the DC area while Sullivan was in DC, serving his country in both a military and civilian capacity. Which is exactly what Begich is currently doing, except of course that Mark Begich has never actually served in the military (not that that should matter).
I know, I know: it’s absurd to expect people to commute from Alaska to DC. Which is not stopping from the Super PAC from making the smear; and, of course, candidates do not coordinate with Super PACs*. But there is nothing stopping Mark Begich from making the following statement:
It has come to my attention that there have been questions raised about one of my opponent’s places of residence. Serving the public while being from Alaska provides unique challenges: we can’t just hop back to Juneau or Anchorage every weekend, much as we’d like to. So Dan Sullivan did what I did: he bought a house while in active government service. Anyone who wants to make an issue of this does not speak for me, and I will not have my good name associated with such tactics.
…Well, OK. There is something stopping Mark Begich from making that statement: it’s that he wants Put America First PAC to do his dirty work for him, and he figures that all he has to do is pretend not to notice at all and the stink of hypocrisy will magically somehow not saturate his soul. I am almost impressed: usually it takes at least two terms for the Beltway to break a man this thoroughly…
—> Mark Begich Lists DC Address on Alaska Records; His Super PAC attacks opponent for owning Maryland home http://t.co/pejhN6hk7R
— Wash. Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) March 28, 2014
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