Wednesday, October 10, 2007

McConnell Aide Happy Senator Didn't Issue Press Release Attacking Frost Family

What do a cockroach and Mitch McConnell have in common?

Answer: They both like scurrying around in the shadows spreading filth, but will run for their lives when confronted with a little sunshine.

As we reported in September, for months Mitch McConnell secretly stood in the way of Senatorial Campaign Finance Disclosure reform. McConnell was so circumspect about his involvement he let Senator John Ensign officially take the fall, but the Sunshine Foundation found him out.

It appears that McConnell might have been quietly promoting the right wing smear of Graeme Frost and his family. ThinkProgress is reporting that an "email from a “Senate Republican leadership aide” showed the minority leader’s office was intently tracking the smear campaign well before it had gained widespread attention." Apparently McConnell's office was preparing to come out in the open to support the right wing slime machine's attack.

According to The New York Times

Republicans on Capitol Hill, who were gearing up to use Graeme as evidence that Democrats have overexpanded the health program to include families wealthy enough to afford private insurance, have backed off.

An aide to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, expressed relief that his office had not issued a press release criticizing the Frosts.
More after the break.

Two points. First, it seems the facts have defeated the Right Wing smear machine. The Frosts are exactly the kind of family SCHIP has always been intended to help. Again from the Times.
In a telephone interview, the Frosts said they had recently been rejected by three private insurance companies because of pre-existing medical conditions. “We stood up in the first place because S-chip really helped our family and we wanted to help other families,” Mrs. Frost said.

“We work hard, we’re honest, we pay our taxes,” Mr. Frost said, adding, “There are hard-working families that really need affordable health insurance.”
Second, and more important, McConnell slithered back into the shadows just as soon as he felt push back from SCHIP supporters.
Democrats, including the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, have risen to the Frosts’ defense, saying they earn about $45,000 a year and are precisely the type of working-poor Americans that the program was intended to help.
When we stand up to their lies, our truth will send the worst of them scurrying back into their holes.