Councilwoman Janice Hahn won a strategic victory during her Congressional primary with a pledge of support for Israel. Secretary of State Debra Bowen signed it within two hours, perhaps sealing her defeat.
Hahn's campaign must have figured that if it worked once, why not try it again. On Memorial Day, Hahn sent a pledge to her general election opponent, conservative marketing guy Craig Huey, calling for upgrades in veterans' health care and an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Huey has handled it a little differently than Bowen did. His campaign didn't respond until today. The answer: Buzz off with your stupid pledge.
“It's a stunt on her part,” said Jimmy Camp, Huey's campaign manager. “We're not as gullible as Debra Bowen was. Our issues are our issues and we're not going to let her frame what we have to say.”
Camp also said that Huey's campaign hadn't actually received the pledge, except via Twitter. “We don't respond to tweets,” he said.
If Bowen had tried that approach, who knows if things would have been different.
Hahn is heavily favored to win the July 12 runoff, but Huey has shown a willingness to write himself some big checks, so this is still worth watching.
Update: A response from the Hahn campaign:
“The brave men and women who serve our country deserve the best healthcare, education and job training opportunities when they come home, and transition into civilian life. Janice Hahn believes we should honor our veterans. It's clear that Craig Huey does not.”
Or… he thinks this is a stunt. One of the two.