Many midterm elections this November could come down to the wire, and at least one Democrat in Pennsylvania is pulling out all the stops:
Rep. Matt Cartwright, Dem in a Trump district, has taken up deer hunting.
“It helps me talk to Republican members of Congress, too,” Mr. Cartwright said. “It’s a nice way to say, ‘You know, I don’t hate you.’” https://t.co/nmkBe1rVrA
— Alexis Levinson (@alexis_levinson) August 19, 2018
Hey, maybe he learned something from another Democrat back in 2004:
"can i get me a hunting license" John Kerry level condescension here…LOL
— it's all a hoax…relax… (@randOmuos) August 19, 2018
Shades of John Kerry going on that duck hunt https://t.co/Z78hDwa780
— Not-Even-A-Cuck Cuckling (@HashtagGriswold) August 20, 2018
And as everybody knows, in that election, Kerry went on to… on second thought maybe the hunting strategy isn’t the best idea.
How do you do fellow kids? https://t.co/CQsC1KoFYv
— John Commodore Barry (@ShrinkGov) August 20, 2018
Cartwright campaign meeting:
"We need to appeal to Trump voters. What should we do?"
(3 polls and a focus group later…)
Deer hunting! https://t.co/TAUb5078Ez
— Matt Gorman (@mattsgorman) August 20, 2018
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) August 20, 2018
He seems authentic. https://t.co/3hyZ6WMsB2
— Mario (@e_j_schwarz) August 19, 2018
Yep, there’s no better way for a politician to convince voters of his/her sincerity than by taking up (insert whatever sport/hobby many locals take part in) during the heat of a re-election battle.
From the New York Times:
But the congressman has strained to avoid such typecasting as a liberal shill. Among other flourishes, he has been eager to share word of a new hobby with prospective voters: deer hunting.
“My job is to get to know people and learn about their passions,” he said in the interview.
There is another upside. “It helps me talk to Republican members of Congress, too,” Mr. Cartwright said. “It’s a nice way to say, ‘You know, I don’t hate you.’”
But Cartwright might already know that’s not going to help him connect with progressive Dems:
There are better ways to reach people than killing animals for sport.
— (((Deborah Glick))) (@DeborahJGlick) August 19, 2018
So to relate to a republican you have to kill things?
— Justin Allen (@JAllen_BR) August 19, 2018
"Not only do I not hate you, I'm actually willing to kill an innocent animal to prove it…" https://t.co/ccOT9mLCAK
— Peter Apps (@pete_apps) August 20, 2018
A certain Dem in a pro-Trump district is really between a rock and a hard place.