Thursday | October 10, 2002
MT's Taylor to drop out of race
Mike Taylor, the GOP challenger to Sen. Max Baucus, will be dropped out of the race today. Johnson was trailing badly in the polls.
State Sen. Mike Taylor, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, will withdraw from the race this afternoon, saying a Montana Democratic Party television ad has destroyed his campaign.While this may all be a maneouver to get Racicot on the ballot, it actually looks like Taylor has a legitimate gripe. The ad is supposed to accuse Taylor of abusing student loan programs, but in reality seems to "out" Taylor as a homosexual:
Earlier this week, Taylor took strong umbrage with the ad funded by the Montana Democratic Party, which he described as "character assassination." The ad began running last Friday on Montana television stations.Ethically, this is the kind of ignorant tactic I would normally associate with the GOP (though I will retch if I see national Republicans react in outrage to this incident of homophobia). Politically, it seems dumb -- Baucus was comfortably in the lead. Why run an ad "outing" his opponent? Was Baucus really itching to push Taylor out of the race? Would he really rather face the more potent Racicot? Granted, Taylor is a "conservative Democrat", but I still expected better.
Stupid, stupid. But in conservative Montana, the tactic is probably a winner.
Update: It seems as Racicot doesn't want the job. Thus, Baucus will essentially run unopposed.
Update II: Here's the ad, courtesy of Josh Marshall. You be the judge.Posted October 10, 2002 10:44 AM | Comments (24)