Both of the third-generation political Carnahans, Princess Robin and Prince Russ, are fighting for their political lives by trafficking in lies. Both entitled darlings of the family dynasty are promulagating smears by a web site called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
CREW listed what it called the ten most “crooked” candidates, which included Princess Robin’s opponent, Rep. Roy Blunt. Then when Prince Russ got desperate in his own contest, the site added his opponent, Ed Martin, to accommodate the family, and Prince Russ has been airing television ads and filling mailboxes with brochures that call Martin one of the “11 most corrupt.” The CREW site makes that number a bit dated, now that it has accommodated other desperate pols and added several others to the list.
Both Carnahan campaigns brazenly refer to CREW as a non-partisan watchdog group, but that’s totally false. CREW was set up by Democrats specifically to pose as a non-partisan group to provide cover for baseless attacks. It is staffed by Democrat operatives and is financed by a conduit group that is financed by left-wing billionaire George Soros. And surprise! The list is almost all Republicans! Two of the token Democrats are in the same Florida senate contest in which CREW comicly listed every major candidate (including one already eliminated in the primary). The only Democrat on the November ballot who is on the list not accompanied by others in the same contest is Alvin Greene, the surprise winner of the South Carolina Democratic primary that the party establishment didn’t want.
But what about Reps. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Maxine Waters (D-CA), who are up on ethics charges? Wouldn’t a real nonpartisan group include them on their list? Sure, but CREW isn’t a nonpartisan group, and its list is just a partisan enemies list. And independent? The Carnahan family fingerprints are all over it. Their use of this phony site is the real scandal.