RNC's Kukowski: Memo Hits 'Unethical' Harry Reid to Galvanize GOP

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 04:15 PM

By Joe Battaglia

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The Republican National Committee's scathing memo directed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday is an attempt to galvanize the party and seize on the perceived vulnerability of Democrats in the coming midterm elections, a top Republican says.

The memo, titled "Nothing's Too Unethical for Harry Reid," begins, "Harry Reid is having a bad month. He was caught funneling campaign money to his relatives. His Senate Majority PAC was caught lying to voters. And he was caught hypocritically accepting money tied to people he calls 'un-American.' As he desperately clings to power, is there anything Harry Reid won't do to promote his own self-interests?"

The author of the memo, RNC Deputy Communications Director Kirsten Kukowski, told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that the party thinks that given what is swirling around Reid, it needs to strike while the iron is hot.

"What you see here is obviously the Democrats who are running in 2014 are going to be tied to President [Barack] Obama, but ultimately what we're all trying to do right is get Harry Reid to not be majority leader of the Senate anymore," Kukowski said Wednesday.

"When we see all of the problems that Harry Reid himself is having, whether it be funneling money to his family or his super-PAC, obviously putting out some pretty bad ads against some of our candidates, a lot of the un-American rhetoric we've been seeing.

"We really feel like we have an opportunity right now to take it to Harry Reid and really start tying some of these Democrats who are running in November to their boss, to their leader."

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Kukowski likened the assault on Reid to a similar tactic employed by Republicans in 2010 when they were able to unseat Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House.

"Well, the circumstances are obviously very similar," Kukowski said. "In 2010 we were coming off of Obamacare being signed into law, and that's something that obviously both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid had in common and it happened under their watch.

"In 2010, with Nancy Pelosi, we had an opportunity to not have her as speaker anymore and we were very successful in 2010 in that election. Now fast-forward to 2014 and Harry Reid and we really feel like we have a good opportunity to take back the Senate and have both a Republican House and a Republican Senate. That's what we're here to do."

Kukowski said the memo and the RNC's Internet hashtag #FireReid are both products of the party's digital team, which has been working for some time in engaging with potential voters over the last 18 months.

"They knew strategically that Harry Reid is not popular, similar to how Nancy Pelosi was not and is not popular," Kukowski said. "They started online. They started doing some social media and some graphics using Harry Reid and using the phrase, "Fire Reid," and it's working.

"We've had millions and millions of positive feedback on the activity that we've been doing online. We figured why not make a statement. Let's have a memo, let's have a video, let's make this a concerted effort to fire Reid now that we know that so many Americans and Republicans are so in tune with this messaging already."

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