From the NEVADA APPEAL:
RENO — U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden said Thursday that Harry Reid is trying to make her look bad over remarks suggesting a return to the barter system with doctors.
“Harry Reid is trying to change the subject from his 2,700 pages of government-run health care,” she said after a breakfast meeting in Reno.
Lowden became a top story nationwide last week after Democratic Party figures, cable news shows, bloggers and even Jay Leno ridiculed her so-called “Chickens for Checkups” plan.
Lowden’s comments thrust her onto the national media scene. Democrats, with TV crews in tow, tried to deliver a goat and chickens to her Las Vegas office. Hundreds of bloggers are cracking chicken jokes, and Jay Leno, in a monologue now posted on YouTube, asked what patients would do if “their doctor isn’t Amish.”
Lowden told the audience of about 50 people at the Nevada Business Connections monthly meeting she expects the next month to be filled with negative attacks on her.
“I have all my opponents attacking me and I have Harry Reid attacking me,” she said. “Why? Because he doesn’t want me coming out of this primary.”
Lowden touted her business background to the audience, saying she and her husband Paul have extensive experience in making tough business decisions for themselves and as many as 5,000 employees. She said she isn’t a career politician.
Do they give those 5,000 employees health insurance, or do they just barter for medical care?
She said her first move in Washington, D.C., would be to begin reducing the debt by cutting congressional salaries and chop back spending in every federal agency, including by reducing every federal salary.
By the way, kids, have you seen the new Nevada Rethuglican official logo?
From the Reno Gazette Journal:
In recent weeks, Republican Sue Lowden found herself on a swift trajectory to the front of the 12-person pack of Republicans competing to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.
Then, the chickens clucked.
Now, most mentions of Lowden in national or local media is accompanied by the word “chicken.” Political opponents have produced mocking videos that are going viral on the Internet.
Angry voters have shown up at Lowden’s offices with frozen chickens.
Worse, Democratic volunteers keep showing up at Lowden’s campaign offices with cages of live chickens.
On Thursday, the Democrats intended to bring a goat, and chickens, to Lowden’s Reno headquarters. But the goat locked itself inside its owner’s truck. With no time to call a locksmith, they hurried to meet the television cameras with only chickens in hand.
The comedic political theater has taken on a life of its own and has raised questions about Lowden’s ability to quickly respond.
“She had all the momentum going in this primary, to the point it was almost a done deal,” said conservative activist and Lowden supporter Chuck Muth. “The only person who could stop Sue Lowden was Sue Lowden’s campaign.”
Muth faults her campaign for not defusing the situation before it became a national joke.
“Sure it’s a distraction when farm animals show up at our campaign offices,” [Lowden campaign manager Robert Uithoven] said. “At the same time, Harry Reid has not talked about anyone else but Sue Lowden. He’s already defined this race and is operating as if the general election has started.”
With a dozen Republicans competing in the primary, being perceived as the frontrunner is important.
But many voters aren’t impressed.
“We’re being laughed at,” said Will Brown, a Sparks Democrat. “This is absurd.”
[Harry Reid’s] campaign has argued his poll numbers will improve when voters are given a choice between two candidates.
Lowden’s chicken problem might just confirm that.
“I don’t like Harry as the majority leader,” Brown said. “But before I pull the rug out from under him I’d want to know we’ve got someone who is not an embarrassment to us.”