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October 13, 2004

Pete Sessions: Weak on Terrorism

By Byron LaMasters

Good new ads by Martin Frost. They're hard hitting, and use the images of 9/11, but they're justified. When Congress voted for reinforcing cockpit doors, putting air marshalls on our airplanes, toughening security in our airports and ensuring that our baggage screeners are top-notch professionals, Pete Sessions voted no. These weren't controversial issues then, nor are they today. Both then, and now, they were common sense security measures aimed at making America safer, and protecting us from another terrorist strike. Martin Frost voted yes, Pete Sessions voted no.

Check out the ads:

Air Safety. (MOV file)
Too Tight? (MOV file)
Who Has? (MOV file)

Also, Frost has an 26 Years of experience ad (WMV file) that I had not seen before.

Yeah, the ads are a bit (ok, very) nasty, and some might say they're a sign of desperation, but remember that it was Pete Sessions who ran a hardcore-nasty (no pun intended in light of the recent news) negative radio ad entitled Frost-Caught accusing Frost of commingling with child molesters. Sessions' response ad doesn't defend his record, its just some red meat union-bashing to the Republican base (yeah, and there's the "I'm Rudy Giuliani, and I'll lie and tell you that Pete Sessions is a leader on homeland security, if he'll lie and vouch for me as a genuine conservative when I run in the 2008 GOP Presidential primaries" ad, which beyond the obvious fluff and cynicism that I see, might prove to be effective in the district. But, another thing to keep in mind is that people remember and are effected by negative ads, and much less so by positive ones, so whether the Giuliani ad proves effective is still up in the air).

Anyway, Texas politics definitely isn't for the squemish. So, wander over to MartinFrost.com or the DCCC to help our guys win twenty days from now.

Update: I've added the Frost Press Release for these ads in the extended entry.

26 Years”

The first ad titled, “26 Years” highlights Congressman Frost’s bipartisan leadership, emphasizing his success in taking on tough jobs that have helped improve the quality of life here in Dallas. Martin led the fight to create DART, and was the only local leader with the ability and stature to bring both labor and management together and save American Airlines from bankruptcy, protecting over 20,000 jobs. Congressman Frost’s bipartisan leadership contrasts dramatically with Sessions’ opposition to DART and his lack of a single successful job creation project over his eight years in Congress.

“Too Tight”

Our second ad this week reinforces the advertisement we aired last week highlighting Sessions’ vote against President Bush’s major air safety plan to fight terrorism. 510 Members of Congress voted to support the anti-terrorism plan, while Sessions joined a band of only nine dangerously out of touch Members who voted “no”. What’s more, the ad shows Sessions himself explaining his vote by saying security at our airports is “too tight” because people like “even Senator Ted Kennedy” might be delayed.

“Stronger vs Weaker Homeland Security”

Virtually every American knows that everything changed on September 11, 2001…. but not Pete Sessions. While Republicans, Democrats and Independents came together to fight terrorism and protect America, Pete Sessions continued following an overtly partisan and dangerous ideology that puts raw politics ahead of American security. It’s an attitude President Bush has described as a “September 10th mentality.” Throughout his career, Congressman Frost has been willing to stand up to the leaders of either party in order to make sure that our Nation’s defenses remain the strongest in the World and that the safety of those he represents comes before any partisan or ideological pursuits. Sessions' voting record and his own words demonstrate clearly that he can’t be trusted to keep America safe.

Informed Decision-Clear Choice

Congressman Frost has a deep trust in the wisdom of informed voters. We believe you will find these advertisements helpful as you begin to decide your vote for Congress. Please share this information with your friends and family because, when the record of both candidates is fully and fairly reviewed, the choice for Congressman Frost is clear.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at October 13, 2004 04:00 PM | TrackBack


You guys are so bad.

Its justified for your guys to use images of 9/11, but you'll be damned if Bush and the GOP are afforded the same opportunity while you're around to scream about it.

Do you expect people to take you seriously when you hold such double standards?

Posted by: Chris Elam at October 13, 2004 04:10 PM

I think the problem Chris is having is that politicizing 9/11 cuts two ways, and evidently he was not ready for it . . . yep, that's right, when you open the door to criticize people on nat'l defense, be prepared to be called a hypocrite.

Posted by: Keith G at October 13, 2004 04:34 PM

Yeah, Chris go ahead and dig up my archives and go scream on your blog that I'm a hypocrite. It wouldn't be the first time. You'll probable find sometime where I attacked Republicans for politicizing 9/11. The first times I saw it, I was genuinely pissed off about it... I believed that it had no place in the political system. But, after seeing Republicans somehow exploit 9/11 and connect patriots like Max Cleland to Osama Bin Laden, I've lost my willingness to flip out over it - what goes around comes around, and when it comes around and whacks someone like Pete Sessions in the face it couldn't hit a more deserving shmuck.

Posted by: Byron L at October 13, 2004 04:46 PM

Yep. Somebody decries one thing, and then does it themselves unapologetically.

That's the definition of hypocrisy, Byron. You seem so sensitive at picking it up in Republicans. I'm glad you're finally starting to show the ability to recognize it in yourself.

Frost is desperate. You said it yourself. Its no surprise to me that such hypocrisy would come out at this late stage. Like you once said to Greg Wythe, Frost has gotta do what he's gotta do to stay in power. Principles and personal outrage be damned. =)

I know it twinges your conscience when you have to call yourself out on your own blog. I know you can't enjoy pointing out to your own audience that Frost is acting desperately.

So if I've hurt your feelings by pointing out your double-standards and hypocrisy, its nothing personal - I know you've got a lot on your plate right now. I'm just trying to hold you accountable. But, don't worry... I won't hurt your feelings again by pointing out this example of your hypocrisy on my blog.

"I've lost my willingness to flip out over it"


Posted by: Chris Elam at October 13, 2004 05:37 PM

Frost is desperate, no doubt. But the GOP is trying to run the playbook they wanted to run in 1992 (line up a bunch of Gulf War veterans and run national defense down the Democrats throat). The problem is that they didn't count on their incumbents having less-than-pristine records on terror and defense.

And, Martin Frost is spoiling the party by not just rolling over and taking his fucking from redistricting.

Democrats and Republicans and the media are all pulling down the walls around themselves in this election. This campaign is just one example. Byron, I was not calling you a hypocrite --- I was after Chris, because he is just indignant that the show-piece issue of Republicans got flipped on them.

Remember, Tom DeLay is the government, and 9/11 only belongs to Republicans. Yeesh . . .

Posted by: Keith G at October 13, 2004 07:31 PM
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