He's talking about issues and making his case in his attempt to win reelection after defeating John Gard in 2006.
John Gard and his party the RNC is not anywhere near as honorable in his onslaught of smears against Steve.
Consider this ad:
It accomplishes a whole boat of negative things doesn't it...
It smears Kagen with no cause.
Charlie Rangel has not been accused of and is not even generally considered corrupt. In fact, I've met him and he's a wonderful man who loves his country enormously and has servied it valiantly for decades. This alone is inexcusable. Imagine if Gard did get elected? Think Charlie Rangel a member of senior leadership in a democratically controlled congress will give him the light of day? Just for this alone, Green Bay electing Gard would be like cutting off their nose to spite their face.
Electing Gard would make the seat of Congress in the 8th completely and soundly irrelevant.
It's a smear on the east coast liberals for the most part and oh by the way, Charlie's black so it's also a smear on black liberals.
Which gets me to my next point. Let's face it. On the whole (not all, but I've been there...) the people in the Green Bay area only approve of people of color if they play football... and even the Packers had to lobby the city to stop pulling over the players and their families for DWB. The anti immigration stuff in that city/county has made national news because of its hatred (and illegality) and race-baiting overtones.
I know WHITE people who moved out of Green Bay because they didn't want their kids exposed to that level of pure racism and hatred--last year.
I know cool people in Green Bay as well and they are not in a complete minority, but there's a big race war going on up there and Gard know it. Everyone knows it. A lot of historical reasons for this exist that I won't go into right now, but suffice it to say that Green Bay has some hard core racists.
So the attempt to paint Kagen as friends with a black guy is deliberate. It's not minor either. It's a deliberate and specific play to the racists in Green Bay to say, "Kagen hangs out with all those east coast liberals and those black (being nice here) congressmen who don't know their place, but I'll be with you cause I know how much you hate those kind of people."
Honestly, guys, I talk about subtle racism all the time, this isn't even subtle. Kagen has had fundraisers with Democrats all over the country. He's getting support from his colleagues because he's smart, dedicated a great representative for his district and the country, and they want to keep him around.
Ask yourself why, out of the tons of congressmen and women who have helped out Steve with fundraising, John Gard (okay the RNC on behalf of John Gard) choose a black, New York liberal congressman to highlight in this ad?
The RNC is feeding the flames of racism in Green Bay for another reason as well... Can you guess what that is?
Reminding people of their racist tendencies at this point in time is no accident by the RNC. They have NO issues. They've destroyed this country with unnecessary and illegal war, with the failures of 911 and Katrina, and most recently with the outrageous failure of the US economy (and of the basic tenant of GOP philosophy) under their watch since the Great Depression.
ALL they have left, and I mean ALL is to feed the flames of racism and hatred and fear...
Hopefully the good people in Green Bay will continue to out number the haters and will take a look at their banks accounts, their stocks, their mortgages and the goodness in their faiths and vote for Steve Kagen and at the same time Obama so Steve has someone to work with to clean up this horrific mess the GOP has made for 8 years...