Gary Friedman, who is running for PWC Chairman as a Democrat, wants you to think his campaign is just humming along. To that end he’s sent out a campaign statement touting just how great his campaign fundraising is going to the local Lunatics blog, which apparently is willing to publicize anything — no matter how ridiculous it appears, without doing any due diligence whatsoever. As it turns out, Friedman is lying and the Lunatics don’t seem to care at all.
Here’s the exclusive, courtesy of our local open borders lobby and Mexica Movement friends:
“While I am not one to consider the strength of political campaigns to be determined by money, I do believe it is important for a candidate to demonstrate an ability to marshal the resources needed to effectively communicate his campaign’s message to the voters. In that regard, I am pleased to announce that the Friedman for Chairman campaign closed the filing period ending December 31, 2010 with over $100,000 cash in its account. I am looking forward to carrying the Democratic banner into the fall elections and championing the most pressing issues facing Prince William County citizens.”
A pretty eye-opening statement from a candidate at this level so early in the election cycle, one certainly meriting a just basic fact checking just to see who would be pouring money into this campaign. As the actual campaign finance disclosure pretty clearly details the story here is considerably different than what Gary Friedman would want people to believe. Who is such a blithering idiot that they think nobody is going to bother to look into something like this when the information is available to anyone who asks for it?
Other than Friedman himself, there are zero, nada, zip, none donors to the Gary Friedman for Chairman campaign. The only contribution to his campaign is $200 that Gary Friedman himself has donated. The sole significant cash infusion, and the only other source of income to the campaign is a loan by — wait for it now — Gary Friedman for $101,000. That’s a loan that could be paid back at any time with no financial impact on Gary Friedman unless he decided to raise the cash for it by taking out a second mortgage on his house or something similarly idiotic. Friedman wants to crow about how his campaign is well financed, implying that he’s getting support from someone else out there other than himself, touts to highly reputable news sources like the Lunatics (perhaps the only ones suckered into this) to try to gain credibility, and in the next reporting cycle the campaign pays the loan back.
I can just see it now: the printing presses are just cranking out direct mail begging other people for money, asking them to join in on this campaign that has garnered such unprecedented early traction, and the whole thing is pretty much a lie. Not quite a Bernie Madoff kind of lie, but eerily similar in that he’s using dishonest statements in order to solicit “investments” from people who don’t know the actual facts about the current organizational financing. How wonderfully comforting. Friedman has zero support, has raised nothing, and is only playing shell games with his own money in order to make intentionally misleading claims about his campaign finances that he hopes will bolster his going-nowhere election effort.
I really had the impression Gary Friedman was way above this sort of duplicity and dishonest dealing. Up to now I’ve been favorably impressed with how he’s handled himself and his extensive record of public service. I guess the actual rigors of mounting a campaign have allowed us to see what’s really going on here, and that picture is vastly at odds with the impressions I’ve previously gained. I guess I should be thankful I have been disabused early of my misconceptions, though. Others haven’t been so lucky in other circumstances.
In the end it’s difficult to conclude anything but that Friedman is a liar who thinks the voters are so pathetically stupid they can’t manage to uncover outright duplicity that takes but a moment to reveal. No wonder the Lunatics support him, but who else can possibly trust him now?
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