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DNC spokesman can't name Alaska Dem running for Senate (Updated)

Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee spokesmen were on ABC's "Top Line" Wednesday with dueling messages coming out of last night's primary.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye was asked right off the bat whether the party embraced Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's position that unemployment benefits were not constitutionally authorized. "We embrace whatever [a] candidate needs to do to win," said Heye. "Every candidate campaigns in a different manner...We look for candidates who can win." Heye went on to call the Constitution a "key talking point" for the GOP.

The DNC's Brad Woodhouse jumped on Heye immediately, "If Republicans are going to say whatever they need to do to win, I think we might be in better shape than people think." But when Woodhouse was asked to name the Democratic Senate candidate in Alaska, which is a strong Republican hold, he was at a loss. Eventually he responded, "Well, our candidate in Alaska...his name is not Lisa Murkowski." (Woodhouse fields the question at about 6 minutes in.).

Woodhouse was right about that. His name is Scott McAdams, and he stands a remote chance of beating Miller or current Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski in November. As The Post's Chris Cillizza put it in an online live chat late Wednesday morning: "I have heard NOTHING from Democrats about Alaska and given the other races they have to worry about in the Senate, it's hard for me to imagine them spending any money in the Last Frontier or targeting it in any significant way."

Update 9/22/2010: McAdams got his revenge today when he appeared on ABC's "Top Line." Asked if he knew Brad Woodhouse's name, McAdams replied, "You know they don't know my name, and I don't know their name." He later added, "I think his name's Woodhouse." (via ABC)

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Par for the course! Sitka is even smaller than Wasilla. Why should he be interested in a town of 6,000 whose only claim to fame is letting the oldest institution of higher education in the state go broke (think LOST JOBS)?

Posted by: PRRWRITER | August 26, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

DNC spokesman?...fire this clown.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | August 26, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Note: ....Your donation to either the Republican or Democrat party is paying one of these clowns salary. Aren't you proud?

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | August 26, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

As good an example of 'party first' politics as I've ever seen. Two total idiots speaking for two different groups of clowns. Democrat or Republican, different pile but same stink.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | August 26, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh I guess they only remember the seats they purchase. After Blago we have a big 10 x12 glossy how someone so inexperienced with such a secretive questionable background can end up running for President. Quite frankly I was due for a laugh. Things really have not been that funny under these radical liberal nitwits so far.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 26, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Obama has recently stated, you want to go backwards you put it in "R".

I'm sure much of the country would love to Reverse their mistake and will be putting it in R this November to back out of this mess.

Posted by: maxwellsmart | August 26, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

By 2012 the DNC will be saying "Obama who?"

They will be blaming Bush for Obama ever having been elected in the first place.

Posted by: maxwellsmart | August 26, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

Mr. Alinsky calls for a community organizer, turned President such as Obama to “play God.” He wrote on page 61 that, “the ego of the organizer is stronger and more monumental than the ego of the leader. The leader is driven by the desire for power, while the organizer is driven by the desire to create. The organizer is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man can reach to create, to be a ‘great creator’ to play God.”

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | August 26, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

GEEE COODAY....THAT'S A GREAT BASIS FOR BEING ELECTED, BEING SUPPORTED BY ROCK & ROLLERS AND HOLLYWOOD "STARS."

MAYBE YOU COULD HAVE BABS S., JEANNIE G., MR. AFFLECK AND THE REST OF THAT ILK DRIVE ON UP TO HELP OUT???

Posted by: KrisinAL | August 26, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

You might not remember the name of any republicans but do try to remember what that smell is. It's the smell of meteor you dinosaur, you couldn't adapt and now your dead. Peace out Obots.

Posted by: LoneWolf1 | August 26, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

The voters will not remember the names of Democratic candidates either.

Posted by: johnnytelecaster | August 26, 2010 3:21 AM | Report abuse

Of course unemployment pay is NOT constitutionally authorized. The framers of our Constitution would never have conceived of a Bizarro World where people we're paid not to work.

Posted by: echosierra | August 26, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Of course unemployment pay is NOT constitutionally authorized. The framers of our Constitution would never have conceived of a Bizarro World where people we're paid not to work.

Posted by: echosierra | August 26, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Scott McAdams is the name and here are some of his friends ...


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Posted by: cooday | August 26, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

"DNC spokesman can't name Alaska Dem running for Senate" Sounds like Obama's and Bite-Me's stupidity is contagous. I can see that "Rememberance Summer" is as alive and well as Recovery Summer.

Posted by: TruthWins | August 25, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse


Speaking of Alvin Greene the Dem Senate candidate of South Carolina, Greene and his female companion were boot out of a Democrat party dinner after they showed up uninvited and she started insulting the dinner guests.

All part of the 2010 Democrat implosion.

Posted by: screwjob21 | August 25, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse


Speaking of Alvin Greene the Dem Senate candidate of South Carolina, Greene and his female companion were boot out of a Democrat party dinner after they showed up uninvited and she started insulting the dinner guests.

All part of the 2010 Democrat implosion.

Posted by: screwjob21 | August 25, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Republicans in 2010 because they're not Demmunists. A NEW party in 2012 because they're neither Republicans nor Demmunists.

----

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Democrats are patriots.

Posted by: jnsesq | August 25, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

getthetruth flatuently excreted:

"THE REPUBLICANS

JUST PLAIN D I A R R H E A

ITS THEIR FRAGRANCE.

ENJOY...."

Diarrhea, Mama Mia,
this poster's downright crude,
got to say, "See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya!"
your post was just too silly and rude,
as to diarrhea, I'm getting the idea,
it's a boorish loudmouth's favorite food...

:D

...civility begets civility.

Posted by: deadmanwalking | August 25, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he could name the Dem Senate candidate in South Carolina?

Posted by: Jack64 | August 25, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Actually, he sounds just like the rest of us throughout the whole country. We are not sure who the Dem candidate running is, but we are sure about Obama's failed policies. So we just look for the name that has an R beside it. Anyone will do. As long as it has an R. In the ballot it goes. Just a few more months.

Posted by: Indi1 | August 25, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Actually, he sounds just like the rest of us throughout the whole country. We are not sure who the Dem candidate running is, but we are sure about Obama's failed policies. So we just look for the name that has an R beside. Anyone will do. As long as it has an R. In the ballot it goes.

Posted by: Indi1 | August 25, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Why should anyone remember theis guys name as he has no chance to win. Watching the incompetents in th eDemocratic leadership is instructive to teh American people...it is also the reason the Dems will be crushed in the midterms.

Posted by: Realist201 | August 25, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

This is another example of the disgusting right wing bias of the Washington Post and the supposedly "Left Wing" media, making am issue out of forgetting a name. Who cares about Alaska, it is filled with freaks including their former governor who did not have enough sense to abort a Downs Syndrome child, instead bringing it into the world in order to support the reactionary/corporatist Republicans in seizing control of our government.

Posted by: Pelosiforpres | August 25, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

You leftists at the Washington Post are going to see alot of changes this November. This is the just the beginning. The vast majority of working, tax-paying (citizens) have had enought of Obama and his minions in Congress.
No amount of leftist propaganda can save us from Obama just yet, and save him from history. But November will be a beginning.
You, inside the beltway crowd, simply have no idea how much this Obama is loathed and despised by so many. You people are clueless.

Posted by: walterndebby | August 25, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

THE REPUBLICANS

JUST PLAIN D I A R R H E A

ITS THEIR FRAGRANCE.

ENJOY....

Posted by: getthetruth | August 25, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Doug Heye's response wasn't any more astute than Brad Woodhouse's. Not sure why this is news worthy.

Posted by: kpburd | August 25, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

As funny as it is that Woodhouse doesn't even know the name of his organization's own candidate, today the DNC puts out a memo touting their chances in Alaska. Oh those laughable libs.

Posted by: DrMan | August 25, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

You are right...I'm knocking on doors now for Keith Fimian (against Gerry Connolly)...people are so ready to put this liberal, Democratic trash at the curb...69 days and counting!

Posted by: dcmowbray1 | August 25, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Does ANYbody know - or even CARE - about ANY Democrat running for office this year? This party is going to be BURIED, deep and dead, in November. Goodbye, Commie Dems. Let freedom ring throughout the land! Power to the PEOPLE!

Posted by: QuineGeology | August 25, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Does ANYbody know - or even CARE - about ANY Democrat running for office this year? This party is going to be BURIED, deep and dead, in November. Goodbye, Commie Dems. Let freedom ring throughout the land! Power to the PEOPLE!

Posted by: QuineGeology | August 25, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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