Last week Dee Beaubien (Ind.-Beaubien) played Rock-em-Sock-em with Dave McSweeney on the issue of abortion in the mailbox, on radio and television.
To that point McSweeney had taken the pinata approach to the campaign, much as State Senator Bill Brady did when he lost to Pat Quinn, who is filled out his Personal PAC questionnaire the same was Beaubien did, that is, as Tammy Duckworth put it forthrightly in the October 12th Chicago Tribune (for which I cannot find a satisfactory link, but have added the internet text to the right):
“Duckworth said she does not ‘support any restrictions of a woman’s right to choose or her access to safe, affordable reproductive health services.’”
That’s shorthand for “I think a woman should be able to abort her baby until the day before birth.”
Dee Beaubien shares Duckworth’s views. One can tell that from her Personal PAC endorsement.
Last week my wife told me that a Beaubien radio ad (WLS-FM, I beleive) said that McSweeney shared the views of foot-in-mouth Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin.
This week McSweeney counter attacked on the same oldies station (I believe) saying that charge was false, but then went on to counterattack on economic issues.
Seemed strange to me, but a strategist told me that he just didn’t want to fight on her turf.
Looking at McSweeney’s Saturday attack mailing on abortion, I guess it wasn’t an across the board decision to ignore Beaubien’s vulnerabilities on the issue.
Take a look at the mailing:
And, here’s the back of McSweeney’s abortion mailing:
Beaubien is said to
- support taxpayer-paid abortions
- oppose parental notification laws (minors getting abortions without their parents’ knowledge)
- oppose mandatory waiting periods before an abortion
- support abortion on demand
- support partial birth abortions
Instead of emphasizing these positions on the abortion issue, with which about three-fourths of the public agree with McSweeney, he stresses the contributions that Beaubien has made to Personal PAC, which virtually not one has ever heard of.
McSweeney does not state his position. As I understand it, he favors allowing abortion in instances of rape and incest and to save the life of the mother, something Beaubien material has denied.
Unfortunately for McSweeney, another mailing also arrived on Saturday, thus diluting the message. Or maybe it was intentional.
The back of the economic piece: