Oops: Democratic Candidate Leaves "Background" Strategy Note in Press Release

Posted: Aug 25, 2011 2:51 PM

Democrat Kate Marshall -- last heard from informing Nevada voters that she's "in charge of their money," and that they have "less money today than [they] had yesterday"  -- has committed another unforced, amateurish error.  Her campaign failed to delete a private, background note from a press release regarding Marshall's stance on American-Israeli relations.  Heh:

You don’t see this too often: A campaign puts out a statement by a candidate on an issue she has never talked about and then helpfully explains the political strategy at play at the end. But that’s what Kate Marshall’s congressional campaign did today, expressing strong support for Israel and then mistakenly leaving in a “background” note about why.  It’s priceless:

I am proud to consider Israel a friend and I reiterate my unwavering support for its fundamental right to exist and the absolute necessity for Israel to secure its people from outside threats. I stand ready and willing to assist Israel in defending itself against all acts of terrorism.”

Background: Israel has been in the news lately, and will be even more in the news with Beck’s “Rally to Restore Courage” in Jerusalem. In an R district, it will be useful to express support for Israel and demonstrate some foreign policy prowess while it is a timely topic - especially for people who are likely paying attention to Beck’s event.

A minor mistake, for sure, but not exactly a sign of keen competence, either.  As Ed Morrissey snarks, the message of the strategy post-script isn't subtle: Don't forget to pander on Isreal, Kate!  As her -- ahem -- "background" brief mentions, this is "an R district."  Nonetheless, Nevada Democrats have undertaken a vigorous campaign to win the seat.  Harry Reid's fundraising machine has been heavily involved in the battle, and Nevada conservatives are casting this contest as a proxy fight against Reid himself.  Marshall's Republican opponent is popular (term-limited) former State Senator Mark Amodei, who held a double-digit lead in a recent poll.  Early voting begins on Saturday.  Special election day is Tuesday, September 13.