Friday, October 16, 2009

Meet the slimeball McCrory’s been pimping for

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Remember those anti-health care reform “rallies” at which Mayor Pat McCrory was the main speaking attraction? They were organized by an outfit called Americans for Prosperity, a front group for various conservative corporate interests (NC GOP honcho Art Pope is on AFP’s board of directors). The group is headed by longtime GOP operative Tim Phillips. Last night on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow called out Phillips for his incredibly slimy career as a political hatchet man, during which he has done a passable imitation of the king of Republican hatchet men, the late Lee Atwater of South Carolina.

Maddow confronted Phillips, who still claims the lies told on McCrory’s “grassroots” anti-reform tour were gospel truth, about his various campaigns that have relied on lies and fear to mislead voters. Examples: it was Phillips who led the still-shocking campaign against former Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA), a triple amputee Vietnam veteran, in which Cleland was called a coward and a terrorist sympathizer. McCrory’s buddy also worked for a Jack Abramoff client to pressure Congress to vote against making the U.S.-owned Northern Mariana Islands subject to federal wage and worker safety laws — despite the fact that Chinese workers there were being forced into prostitution and mandatory abortions. And that’s not half of it.

Watch the Rachel Maddow interview with Phillips and see what kind of guy McCrory has been aligning himself with. You may particularly like the part where Maddow tells Phillips he’s “a parasite who gets fat on Americans’ fears.”

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