With the Democrats in Congress looking to incur major losses on election day, the party has shifted to another strategy: support Libertarians.
Technically, the Democratic Party is not endorsing the Libertarian Party’s candidates. And of course, the Democrats still want you to vote for them. Nevertheless, all over the country beleaguered Democrats are attempting to split the conservative vote by churning out literature supporting the LP. Take these examples:
…the Democratic Party is highlighting a longshot third-party candidate in an effort to undermine a Republican nominee–in this case, Andy Harris, the GOP challenger in Maryland’s tightest House race.
The tactic is either a desperation move, or a sign of how close the contest is, or both. It has special resonance in Maryland’s First District, where the Libertarian candidate’s two percent of the vote arguably tipped the historically Republican seat to Democrat Frank Kratovil in ’08.
The Democratic mailer, first reported by Eastern Shore blogger Michael Swartz, masquerades as an attack on Richard Davis, the third man in the race, running again this year on the Libertarian line, with no realistic chance of winning.
Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the flier describes Davis, twice, as an outsider and Tea Party type.
Davis “plans to cut government spending, will drastically reduce the size of government across the board, is a complete outsider . . . Davis and the Tea Party think government is part of the problem, and want to make it as small as possible.”
“Richard Davis: Is he too conservative?” asks the mail piece.
The audience for the flier appears to be conservative voters.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Illinois Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias admitted yesterday that his campaign had a hand in a mailer sent to conservatives in downstate Illinois touting Libertarian Senate candidate Mike Labno as a “pro-life, pro-gun” alternative to Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican nominee in the race.
A scan of the flyer was posted by The Capitol Fax Blog on Tuesday. The front features a picture of Kirk, with the question “not a conservative?” Inside, below a picture of Labno, the flyer reads “Conservative Mike Labno, the only pro-life, pro-gun candidate for U.S. Senate, says Congressman Kirk is ‘not a conservative.’ Is he right?” The back features a picture of Giannoulias, and reads “While Labno and Kirk fight over labels, Alexi Giannoulias is fighting for Illinois Jobs.” The flyer also included a box that read “Paid for by Illinois Victory, a Project of the Lake County Democratic Party.”
The Indiana Democratic Party has sent an unusual mailer to 9th Congressional District voters, calling Libertarian Greg Knott the race’s “real conservative” in an attempt to siphon votes away from Republican Todd Young.
It does not mention Democratic incumbent Baron Hill or Young, whose campaign called the move “the last gasp of a flailing campaign.”
But Parker said the intended message to voters is that Young “is a part of the Republican establishment who was shipped in to run for this seat.”
“When it comes to who is the real Tea Party conservative, it’s Greg Knott,” Parker said.
It appears the Democratic Party is trying the same strategy in Michigan, although in this case the candidate the party is indirectly supporting is Independent Glenn Wilson.
UPDATE: Democrats are sending out literature for a Libertarian in the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona.