(In response to Freed's previous post and this Space Ninja's post)
Ok, people. Let's cut the BS. Moral support from Jr. to Jake I can understand and live with, but anything beyond that is a slap in the face of the voters of the 9th Congressional District.I don't mind Jr. and Jake exchanging quips over the phone in regards to campaign strategy and tips, but I do have a HUGE problem with Jr. using his senatorial campaign resources --made available to him primarily by Democrats-- to promote and advance his brother's independent candidacy against the legitimate Democratic Candidate.
Many of the people that have contributed to Jr.’s campaign are also supporters of Steve Cohen. When they donated to Jr., they did not do so with the intention of financing his little brother’s campaign as well. Had they known that this scenario could happen, many would have more likely withheld their wallets as well as their votes. Jr. should know better. If Jr.’s supporters wish to donate to Jake’s campaign as well, they should follow proper and legitimate channels as established by law and give to Jake’s campaign directly.
Moreover, throughout the primary and until recently, many of Steve Cohen’s volunteers and interns joined efforts with Harold Ford’s campaign in promoting both candidates for the sake of Party unity and Republican defeat. And this is how Jr. pays them back?
Jr.'s use of this newly found brotherly loyalty and devotion to justify his "neutral" position in this race is as questionable as Jake's motives for running for office. Jr.'s covert operations and unofficial endorsement of his brother in this race is an offense that should not be tolerated, especially in light of his brother’s direct involvement in the slanderous website attacking Sen. Cohen.
I expected this behavior from Jake, but I am truly disappointed with Harold’s role in this mess. I thought he was above this kind of deception and I thought he cared more about the constituents and supporters he has represented for the past 10 years. Evidently, he cares as much for the 9th District as W cares about the environment. Due to these incidents, plus many more still under development, I have sadly reached the conclusion that neither one is fit for public service. What a shame.