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Rove: Democrats Discover Lying Works

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By Elliot Jager   |   Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 06:39 AM

The Democratic campaign machine, with Majority Leader Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC in the vanguard, is deceitfully targeting Republican Senate candidates in 2014, Karl Rove wrote in a commentary in The Wall Street Journal.

Reid's PAC money is financing campaign ads that "are flat-out falsehoods" based on the premise that the "benefits of misleading voters outweigh the downsides," Rove wrote. Rather than disregard the falsehoods, Republicans have to lay out the truth, set the record straight, and demolish the Democrats' credibility, the political strategist urged.

Had voters known the truth, Democrats would have fared less well in the last two election cycles – and maybe Mitt Romney might have overcome President Barack Obama, writes Rove.

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Reid's Senate Majority PAC, in an effort to save Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, is behind claims that his GOP opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, is a lackey of the insurance companies. The allegation that Cotton was "paid handsomely working for insurance companies" is untrue. He was a consultant at the Federal Housing Administration for McKinsey & Company at a salary of $85,000 a year, according to Rove.

Reid's Senate Majority PAC is also falsely asserting that Louisiana Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy wanted to "cut off hurricane relief" when in fact, he worked to keep insurance premiums from rising, Rove said.

In Alaska, in order to re-elect Sen. Mark Begich, Democrats are misrepresenting Republican Dan Sullivan as not being genuinely Alaskan. They are pointing to his home outside Washington, while covering up the fact that he lived there when he was assigned to the White House and later the State Department, Rove wrote.

Reid's Senate Majority PAC is also working to undermine North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis in the GOP senatorial primary. He's been pilloried over the behavior of aides who were caught having affairs and subsequently resigned.

"Left unanswered, these Democratic attacks might work," Rove wrote. "But if addressed effectively, they are unlikely to prevail."

"GOP candidates should ask Republican primary voters if they really want Harry Reid, smear artist extraordinaire, picking their nominees," Rove wrote.

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