Updated: NRCC Set To Blow It In FL-24
Update: I did have a nice talk with John Randall, eCampaign Director at the NRCC. He indicated that the Young Guns program is open to all candidates, so it should not be viewed as any candidate being endorsed by them.
He described the program as more of a challenger training program, allowing candidates to achieve various levels of promotion by reaching certain benchmarks that are not directly related to ideology, or particular positions.
While the idea itself may be sound, it seems to me it may also produce some problems, such as the one we're seeing here. Diebel does have a connection to the NRCC. Whether that helped her in meeting said requirements before another candidate isn't clear to me; however, because she met them, she benefits from increased visibility and PR value. However, the information below remains troubling, as Erick at Redstate points out.
My goal isn't to simply slag the NRCC for wanting to do good and much needed work in preparing potential candidates. But it would seem this instance does highlight a potential problem, though, again, to be clear, Diebel does not have the official endorsement of the NRCC.
Chalk this up as another instance of a national political organization meets grassroots new media. And our differing agendas and perhaps lack of communication on both parts results in a problem. To be fair, I didn't reach out to the NRCC before posting. But then, it isn't as if I'm sitting here with an abundance of time and resources at my disposal, nor do I have much interaction with them on a regular basis, so why would I?
The bottom-line is, Diebel at least appears to have a problem she may want to address and voters might want to consider before settling on a candidate in FL – 24.
These are the types of challenges both people in new media, bloggers and at our national orgs need to work on as political media continues to evolve.
As I candidly pointed out to John, in my opinion, many in the GOP establishment continue to see things somewhat through an old media lense. You create a narrative, shop it to a friendly outlet and let it rip. Unfortunately, it isn't only establishment media capable of doing the ripping today. And the Dems continue to impress me as more proficient in handling the multiple, fast-paced interactions, on whole. That doesn't mean I don't believe John, or other members of the GOP establishment aren't trying to make it better. I believe they are. (End update)
Here we go, again. I've been tipped to some very troubling information behind an NRCC-backed candidate for FL-24, who was endorsed over a seemingly solid conservative Republican.
Florida – 24 may have been a competitive district, given that it was previously held by Republican Tom Feeney until 2008. Unfortunately, the NRCC has put all of its eggs in Karen Diebel's basket, or perhaps I should say head case. Evidently, they don't care for her conservative challenger, Sandy Adams. More background on Adams, here.
I've also been told that Tandy Harrison, wife of NRCC executive director Guy Harrison is Diebel's PAC fund raiser. Please see below for the disaster this bit of incompetent crony-ism at the NRCC is likely to deliver for the GOP in FL-24.
Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has officially announced Karen Diebel (FL-24) as an ‘On the Radar’ candidate, an important first step in its Young Guns program. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. Diebel is running in Florida’s Twenty-Fourth Congressional District against Freshman Democrat Suzanne Kosmas.
“The NRCC is committed to working with Karen Diebel as she continues to meet the rigorous goals of the Young Guns program,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. “I am confident that Republicans will be successful in our effort to defeat Suzanne Kosmas, a tone-deaf career politician who has forgotten what it means to represent Central Florida.”
Along with almost 100 911 calls from two addresses over the years, see page 4 of the pdf file below – upon finding a snake in her pool, Diebel called police convinced it was a political conspiracy by someone, going on to inform the officer she believed her home was being monitored and her cell and land phone lines were bugged. Oh, and she also provided police with an enemies list. Helloooo?? Did any one vet this person? Download Diebel police reports – Copy Or, click the screecap at right to enlarge, if you can't read the pdf. That doesn't include the 911 calls detailed in the pdf, simply the even more damning narrative from the officer on the scene.
This stuff is bound to come out in a competitive race against a sitting Democrat. And it certainly doesn't suggest someone in a good position to win a competitive election, or represent the voters of FL-24.
A review of Diebel's voting record also indicates votes for a number of tax and fee increases, as well as some controversial votes that could hurt her in a general campaign. Contrast that with the more conservative Sandy Adams and one has to wonder why the NRCC backed Diebel given some serious issues bound to portray her as more than a few beers short of a six-pack in November.
What in hell is going on at the NRCC for this to have happened? On top of the Dede Scozzafava fiasco and questions around the NRCC's handling of the Tim Burns race, it might be time for another talk with Sessions about what's going on under his watch at the NRCC. Or, is this going to be swept under the rug by the DC GOP establishment like everything else?