Not often am I ever favored with e-mail or messages from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

And rarely have I ever received such an extraordinary missive as e-mailed me by that organization’s Brad Woodhouse on Dec. 11.


Congressman George Nethercutt, of Spokane, in eastern Washington state, is running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Patty Murray, a democrat.

Sen. Murray is widely known as “Osama Mama” for her speech to a Vancouver, Wash., high-school audience, in which she saluted terrorist Osama bin Laden as follows: “He’s been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructures, building day-care facilities, building health-care facilities and the people are extremely grateful. We haven’t done that.”

That Sen. Murray salute to “Osama the Great and Charitable Builder,” compared to the allegedly negligent United States, was news that was reported worldwide.

The Seattle Times reported that in an interview with Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, Dick Wadhams “cheerfully recalled” Sen. Murray’s salute to Osama.

Wadhams, the current press secretary to Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, is “the GOP Hatchet Man” who is allegedly set to be hired by the allegedly desperate Senate candidate Nethercutt – according to Brad Woodhouse of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

How is Mr. Wadhams a “hatchet man” because of his “cheerfully” recalling Sen. Murray’s incredible salute of Osama and blame of the United States?

Well, Democrat Woodhouse has a list, titled “THE LOW-DOWN DIRTY TRUTH ON DICK WADHAMS”:

  • “The Seattle Times reported today that Congressman George Nethercutt, R-Wash., is preparing to hire GOP hatchet-man …” (The Times article which Woodhouse e-mailed to me never identified Wadhams as a “GOP hatchet man”).

  • “To salvage his long-shot campaign to unseat popular incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.” (Nethercutt spokeswoman Mary Lane noted the Tarrance Group poll report of 43 percent for Murray and 44 percent for Nethercutt.)

  • “With the hiring of Wadhams, known to be one of the most negative attack dogs among political operatives in the business …” (By whom is he so known – other than Democrats – to be “an attack dog”? The Seattle Times quotes Nethercutt’s Mary Lane as noting “Comments from state Democrat officials who compared Nethercutt to a poodle and a pig – and in press releases that refer to him as a weasel.” During a telephone interview Lane told me: “This is trash talk. And we have made no announcement concerning Mr. Wadhams.”)

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