Jumping the shark

16 Apr

blumenthal-sizedDemocrat Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut proves how the thirst for campaign money can override any common sense.

His latest campaign email pulled in the victims of Sandy Hook to ask supporters to give up $5.

The money is not for one of the relief funds set up to help victims’ families, or to fund mental health services, or to support autism research.

“In the wake of the horror of the December 14, 2012, massacre of 20 beautiful children and 6 dedicated educators,” Blumenthal is asking supporters to send money to his 2016 re-election campaign.

“As your senator, I will continue fighting for the rights of all the people, not the special interests. But I need your help. Please contribute $5 now as the Senate debate continues on common-sense gun reform legislation this week.”

Just a couple of weeks ago, newly elected Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirano was asking supporters for money to keep her “grass roots organization” well-fed and alive.

Constant fundraising and the recent trend of fundraising off real-time reaction to the news of the moment have officially jumped the shark.

Blumenthal’s pitch is inappropriate and he, in effect, defended it when asked it if was tasteless and had no comment.

Senators are elected every six years in part to give them some time to legislate without an eye on the next campaign.

But the campaign – and its drive for money to buy elections – is constant.

We would have hoped he was embarrassed…but it appears not.

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