The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Priebus: Obama’s Unofficial Campaigning Getting ‘Obnoxious’


Over on the home page, I have a wide-ranging interview with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, including his filing of a complaint with the comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office, accusing President Obama of using government funds to stage campaign events and demanding a formal inquiry into the matter. Among his remarks:

Sometimes I think a there’s a special device strapped onto the bottom of Air Force One that allows it to land only in battleground states.

It also seems as if that million-dollar bus the president bought last summer just happened to go down every interstate highway of every battleground state, and never found its way into North Dakota and Tennessee.

What took so long? Like any legal analysis, the issue of what’s reasonable can change depending upon the facts. But the president has reached the point of obnoxiousness with campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime.

It wasn’t even credible to try to compare what Obama was doing in three and a half years with what George W. Bush did in eight years. He dwarfed anything Bush did. It reached a point where we said, “Listen, this is so out of line and obnoxious, we have to send this letter.” On the question of whether Obama’s people will blow it off or not, it was pretty interesting that we sent the letter at 4:30 and an hour later their campaign sent an e-mail for a 6:30 conference call, and then they released a statement that their official campaigning was about to begin. Is it a coincidence? I’m not sure, but it certainly looks as if it woke them up.

Tags: Barack Obama , Reince Priebus , RNC


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