Scott Bensing

Democrats are getting desperate. Even with all their pomp and circumstance and rhetoric about their dominance of the political arena, they are taking the steps of a desperate party. Case in point, their leveraging of relationships with nefarious characters and out-of-touch liberals to raise money for fledgling Democrat Senate campaigns across the country.

Last week Politico reported that, “Los Angeles’ top liberal female activists are planning the political fundraiser for Sept. 27 at a private home.” According to the article, “The idea started with alums of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee, a Reagan-era power PAC that included Jane Fonda, Kate Capshaw, Penny Marshall, Daryl Hannah, Laura Dern, Sarah Jessica Parker and others.”

The article then went on to list expected beneficiaries of such a fundraiser. Those listed include, the Senate campaigns of Tom Allen of Maine, Mark Begich of Alaska, Al Franken of Minnesota, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Udall of Colorado and Tom Udall of New Mexico.

Al Franken has already tapped his liberal Hollywood friends to finance his struggling campaign, but for the others on the list they must decide if they want a close association with such individuals – especially when you consider one of the ring leaders of the original PAC was Hanoi Jane Fonda. How will Franken avoid further out-of-touch carpetbagger accusations when he continues to rely on Hollywood liberals to finance his campaign?

Mark Udall has been running away from his Boulder home, or “touchstone,” as he has referred to it, since he announced his Senate run. Udall has even gone so far as to attempt to deceive voters of his hometown through his press releases that list his home as anything other than Boulder. How will his association with people who supposedly share ideas and views similar to Hanoi Jane or tree sitting Daryl Hannah reinforce his rhetorical run to the middle?

Scott Bensing

Scott Bensing is the Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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