Everybody knows that politics and campaigns can be dirty affairs–negative things are said, people are slammed, and most consequently, direct mailers are sent that leave a permanent trace of bad ideas.
One such example is popping up in a race for Congress in Arizona’s 9th District. Democrat Andrei Cherny is being slammed for a hit mailer he sent in a primary campaign in California 10 years ago. Scroll down for an example of the mailer.
The controversy in 2002 involved mailers that Cherny, then 26, sent when he first ran for office in a heated primary battle for the California Assembly.
He was campaigning to represent the San Fernando Valley, where he grew up, after working as an advisor in the Clinton White House. Some criticized the mailers as “race-baiting” and “dirty politics” and he lost several Democratic endorsements.
Cherny told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that the mailers were not over the line and Democrats critical of him misrepresented their content.
For incumbents, past campaign mistakes can largely be controlled via the strength of incumbency, but when running in a new campaign, these old items can come back to bite.
What do you think? Do you know of any other examples of past campaign mailers that came back to bite candidates? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
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