Then...The Walker campaign sent out a direct mailer on Saturday (I received it at home) which seemed downright desperate; it attempts to idenitfy Neumann with...wait for it...Nancy Pelosi!!! In fact, it seems as desperate as any of the attacks Neumann launched at Walker early on. It certainly doesn't give the appearance of a candidate with a comfortable lead. In fact, it doesn't give the appearance of a candidate with ANY kind of lead. Neumann is holding a Sunday afternoon news conference to address the mail piece.
As I said above, I have no idea how much this race has tightened, but whatever the gap is it's not enough for Scott Walker's comfort. And I'm every bit as dissappointed with this from Walker as I was from Neumann early on. Unlike other conservative talk show hosts in the state, I didn't have a horse in this race early on. In fact, I welcomed the Neumann entry into the race. It was the nasty campaign tactics that prompted me to urge him to drop out. Neumann's latter stage strategy has apparently made him competitive with Walker. I'm not going to be hypocritcal and give Walker a pass. Trying to suggest that Mark Neumann is a free-spending liberal whose picture should be next to Nancy Pelosi's is as preposterous as anything Neumann alleged early on.
Scott Walker's campaign was as indignant as indignant gets at Neumann's early tactics. It's sadly dissappointing to see that when the internal polling apparently gets uncomfortable for him he stoops to the same tactics. And what's particularly unnerving is that apparently the Walker campaign kept this powder dry for just such a deployment if they felt it was needed. Playing the "Pelosi" card???? Just how TIGHT is this race???
You know Walker is in trouble when even the paid help isn't helping any more. I just wonder if Charlie Sykes or Patrick McIlheran will have the courage to call Walker out on his poor behavior.
H/T Fairly Conservative and Team Neumann