Democratic contributors on Cape Cod recently received a letter from professional spin-man Ernie Corrigan, known to many as the voice of “innocence” behind the Archdiocese of Boston during the abuse scandal. The letter was written on behalf of Sam Sutter asking for donations to Sutter’s campaign and calls Congressman Keating “negative and misleading”.
Negative and misleading are interesting words for Corrigan to use. Corrigan signed the letter :
11 Deacon Joseph Lane
A little misleading since Corrigan’s Dennis house is his summer house. He is actually a registered voter in Wellesley. Strike one, trying to pretend you are a Cape voter in MA09.
But more importantly, Corrigan writes the letter as if he’s just a concerned citizen activist, not a professional, PAID, employee of the Sutter Campaign. Since April FEC reports show Sutter paid Corrigan $15,000 (about 10% what Sutter has spent in his bid for Congress). In other words, Corrigan is asking Democrats for donations to pay himself without disclosing that he gets the money! Strike two!
The letter also tries to attack Keating for some mythical negative mailers. Funny, the only mail I have gotten from Keating focuses on his record of creating 10,000 new jobs and Barney Frank’s endorsement. Looks like Sutter is the one sending negative and misleading mail. And there we have strike three.
But Sutter must know that’s what happens when you hire Ernie Corrigan. What more would you expect from a guy who was on the Boston archdiocese payroll protecting it from its abuse liability?
Corrigan can try to stir the pot with claims of a negative Keating campaign all he wants but the truth is the Sutter camp is the one doing all the attacking – and not very well at that.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am chair of the Brewster Democratic Town Committee, which has endorsed Congressman Keating. In fact, of the DTC’s that have endorsed, Mr. Sutter has yet to pick up a single one. I did in fact support Rob O’Leary in the primary 2 years ago. Like most Cape Democrats, I found Congressman Keating has earned his broad support, for his attentiveness to Cape issues and constant presence here.
Methinks the spin-man doth protest too much.
Addendum- You can see the letter for yourself here