It was inevitable that the circular firing squad approach that Democratic candidates for president have employed in their recent debates would be weaponized by Republican political operatives.
Thus, it wasn’t surprising when a regional press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee, Camille M. Gallo, jumped on the verbal gaffe by billionaire former New York City Mayor — and former Republican — Michael Bloomberg when he almost blurted out that he had “bought” the election of 40 congressional seats for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.
Bloomberg caught himself before he managed to say the entire word, saying:
“They talk about 40 Democrats. Twenty-one of those are people that I spent a hundred million dollars to help elect,” Bloomberg replied to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s accusations that he had helped fund the campaigns of mulitple Republican senators. “All of the new Democrats that came in and put Nancy Pelosi in charge and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bough — I, I got them.””
Ms. Gallo extrapolated from Bloomberg’s math to compose a literally trumped-up tweeted attack on one of the legislators who benefited from his legal campaign contributions, Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D-GA).
NRCC press secretary sending a Black woman from the south a "For Sale" sign without a scintilla of self-awarenesses. https://t.co/0FSCICGQFz
— jordan (@JordanUhl) February 26, 2020
The National Republican Congressional Committee operative’s publicity stunt implying that the African- American Representative McBath was somehow corrupt, compromised, and “For Sale” due to accepting money from the now-Democratic candidate for the presidential nomination was not only in excruciatingly poor taste given the history of slavery in her southern state but incredibly hypocritical.
As an employee of a party that has accepted millions from the National Rifle Association — with some percentage of those NRA funds suspected of being illegally funneled from Russian oligarchs — from pharmaceutical companies looking to keep drug prices in America the highest in the world, from an energy industry that has applauded GOP deregulation and the opening of federally-controlled public land to exploration and exploitation, and from many other special interests, Gallo’s willful blindness to the “For Sale” signs virtually pinned on every Republican candidates back — if not metaphorically tattooed on their foreheads — signals either blatant cluelessness or cynical hypocrisy of the highest order.
Perhaps Ms. Gallo would appreciate being inundated with mailed requests for copies of the campaign contribution receipts for the donations to each and every Republican member of Congress so we can see who they have been bought and sold by? Or maybe she will come to realize that people in the thinnest of glass houses shouldn’t be slinging dull and heavy objects about.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.