Yesterday's Under The Dome definitly called out the Kissell campaign on jumping the shark on Hayes' apperance at the July 4th Bush love fest.
What is amazing here is the lack of balanced reporting on the whole thing. Yes Hayes met with Bush. Yes he was there. However he was not recorded as being seen with the President in public. Which to any political science graduate worth his degree, knows is a world of difference.
Schoolteacher Larry Kissell, the Democrat trying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes in the 8th District, issued a blaring statement that said Hayes is a flip-flopping, unloyal and "fair-weather friend" of President Bush who skipped Bush's visit to Fort Bragg this week to head "for the hills."
Problem is, Hayes met with Bush at Fort Bragg on Tuesday and then stuck around for an Independence Day celebration.
"This attack is not only outrageous, it's just bizarre," said Carolyn Hern, a spokeswoman for Hayes.
She said Hayes ate with the troops at a luncheon the president also attended. Hayes and Bush talked briefly, Hern said.
Kissell's news release and statements were issued under a headline that blasted Hayes for skipping the Bush visit. It suggested that Hayes did not want to be associated with Bush because of the president's immigration policies.
A Kissell spokesman was unapologetic about the error, saying it was based on news reports that suggested that Hayes might not attend the Bush visit.
The spokesman, Steve Hudson, said the campaign didn't spot Hayes or hear him mentioned when the president gave a 30-minute speech to troops.
Told of Hayes' presence, Hudson said: "It was evident to us that he wasn't at any of the public events, then."
Maybe Kissell's people did jump a little too fast on this whole thing. But in the manner of their comments about Hayes is true. He was no where in the public eye near Bush.
I guess it would be an extra paragraph too long to explain the real deal here for the N&O.