Going green? Ward recycles old news as new

GOP congressional candidate Vaughn Ward on Wednesday recycled a six-month-old endorsement announcement from the American Conservative Union political action committee, including identical quotes from ACU Chairman David Keene in a news release.

The Statesman first reported the ACU PAC endorsement Nov. 11. The paper again published the endorsement online Wednesday and in Thursday’s print edition. Statesman reporter Dan Popkey overlooked the fact the paper had already noted the endorsement. News of the prominent national group’s nod also appeared online in the Spokane Spokesman-Review Nov. 10.

Ward’s opponent, state Rep. Raul Labrador, has been challenging Ward’s conservative credentials. About three hours before the Ward campaign re-released the ACU endorsement, the Statesman reported Labrador had won backing from Idahoans for Choice in Education, a homegrown conservative group.

Ward’s campaign manager, Ryan O’Barto, explained the decision to reissue the news release in an e-mail early Thursday, “As we get closer to the election I like to re-release endorsements. Some were sent out a long time ago and since it was so far out the press might not have picked it up due to the election being so far away.”

But an hour later, O’Barto called to apologize. “I’m not trying to get anything over on you. It’s the same release as before and that’s not what it’s supposed to be. I’m about to send out a correction. That’s my fault. I just got a new Mac and I’m still trying to figure it out.”

O'Barto then e-mailed reporters an apology and sent a third news release, noting that ACU had endorsed Ward in November and including fresh quotes from Keene.

Larry Hart, director of government relations at ACU, said in an interview before O'Barto's apology on Thursday that ACU doesn’t issue its own news releases, leaving it up to campaigns how to use the endorsement. ACU PAC’s support of Ward came without a financial contribution.

“We endorsed him then and we’re endorsing him now,” Hart said.

Ward’s recycled release came a day after his appearance in a TV debate, where he and Labrador clashed over Ward’s recently reported missteps, including his failure to disclose his wife’s assets on his financial statement to the U.S. House and his improper use of the U.S. Marine Corps uniform in campaign advertising.

Said Ward during Tuesday’s debate: “That’s all I can do is say, made a mistake, made the changes and you’re moving on. But isn’t that what we want out of our leaders? Don’t you want somebody who says, I’m not infallible?”

Blame it on the computer

Mac's just aren't that difficult!

PU

Just not all that logical after 31 years using computers.

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Come on, man

Ward, you're just not ready for this seat. You can't even run a primary campaign - how will you survive in D.C.?

srsly?

So re-issuing an endorsement announcement that contradicts .... nothing.... is... bad? I can't keep up with that is bad or good with all these changes. Who do we hate for today's Two Minutes Hate?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Minutes_Hate/

Conservative credentials don't matter

I don't care which one of these guys is going to out-conservative the other. But I do care about not sending a bush-league congressman to Washington. Vaughn Ward and his campaign have made some really dumb mistakes. None of them are huge (well, maybe the misuse of his military uniform is), but they're indicative of a campaign that isn't being run as seriously as it should. It's almost as if Ward believes that it's predestined that he'll get the GOP nomination no matter what.

Yes, people make mistakes. But I expect a congressional candidate to be a little more attentive to details than Ward has been. In fact, one of the mantras that he has heard all of his Marine career is "attention to detail". Time to start paying attention.

The statesman does that all

The statesman does that all the time!!

Are you kidding me?

1- “As we get closer to the election I like to re-release endorsements." O'Barto

2-"It’s the same release as before and that’s not what it’s supposed to be." O'Barto

3- "I just got a new Mac and I’m still trying to figure it out.”-O'Barto

he did it intentionally. he shouldn't have done it. his computer did it.

This is a candidate and a campaign team that can't keep their stories straight, make way too many mistakes, make way too many excuses and don't seem to learn from their past errors. You would think he has learned by now, after all he's been campaigning as long as Minnick has been in office. Is that what the people of Idaho can expect from Ward in Congress, one screw-up after another? And always blaming someone, or something else? The liberal media or the computer?

Read more: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2010/05/13/idahopolitics/going_green_ward_recycles_old_news_new#ixzz0npN3kRl6

Read more: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2010/05/13/idahopolitics/going_green_ward_recycles_old_news_new#ixzz0npMtTl6n"-O'Bart

Read more: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2010/05/13/idahopolitics/going_green_ward_recycles_old_news_new#ixzz0npMgwDEC

blame the mac

Blame the Mac...not the incompetent campaign manager. He should've gotten rid of O'Barto a long time ago. Why does he keep him around with all of his mistakes? Vaughn should've stated in the debate, "My campaign manager is not infallible". No way we can beat Minnick with mistakes like these. Minnick will kill us.

New Mac?

"I just got a new Mac and I’m still trying to figure it out."

And with new shoes you have to figure out how to walk again.

Probably talking

about a Big Mac. Just unwrap it Ryan and bite into any round part of it.

Ward

Dang! Someone really has it out for this tool box.

They do that with tires too so they keep going around...

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O'barto's Mistakes

This guy is just another sleezy out of state political hack. If this is the type of person Vaughn Ward likes to assocoiate with it tells you a little something about his own character.

!news

If this were slashdot, this colum would be decried as a dupe (duplicate) and tagged with "!news" and "slownewsday"

Why does it matter that the endorsement announcements covers a previously announced endorsement? I feel silly just for having typed the previous statement, let alone how silly Dan should feel for thinking this is news.

?What

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I would think those that

I would think those that have endorsed this clown would be the ones feeling silly!

Maybe it's 'Held Over'.

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mac

SS0rrie aboot the massage=haveing trooble wit muy knew mac....

HEY! This is day old news...leave it on Ward's steps!

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Does the RNC consider Idaho a 'pocket borough'?

They send this guy from Virginia out to Idaho with his carpet bag full of well used slogans. Rent a house, borrow a pickup truck, film some commercials with your pretty wife....don't mention she's a bureaucrat for Fannie Mae.

Don't they think we have qualified people from Idaho?

Lies. Vaughn grew up in

Lies.

Vaughn grew up in Idaho and went to school in Idaho until such time as he became a Marine. Since then, Vaughn has worked in other states and other nations, in either a military, intelligence, or civilian capaticity. He has owned property in Idaho while he worked elsewhere, as has been admitted by Dan Popkey (it was actually a different attempt to discredit Vaughn, yet another that backfired, because it contradicts other Liberal attempts to discredit Vaughn).

It's hard to get a borough in a pocket...or make it move.

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