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October 4, 2006

Reichert wants further clarification on his global warming comments

Posted by David Postman at 3:53 PM

Congressman Dave Reichert is still trying to make clear his position on global warming. I get that it's a complicated issue but it's gotten harder to understand since Jonathan Martin's story started all the talk last week.

There's already been one correction and now Eli Sanders says at the Slog that Reichert's spokeswoman reached out to him to follow up on this post yesterday.

"This district is very environmentally savvy and this is an issue obviously at the forefront of most people's minds," said Reichert campaign spokeswoman Kimberly Cadena, during an interview this morning that she requested to set the record straight.

Cadena asked for the interview so she could tell me that the Times article doesn't say what it actually says, and that Reichert didn't actually say what Martin reported him as saying. But before we get to this amazing example of reality-bending push-back, a quick foundation for understanding this whole situation.

You can read it all here.

I'm not sure it's working out so well for the Reichert campaign. But I give his staff points for pursuing this. There are those who will say it's just keeping a bad story alive. But if a politician feels he was misrepresented it behooves him to try to correct the record at the time the story shows up and to at least put the objection on the record. Too often people will wait months, or even years, to say that a story was in error and by then it is too late to figure out what the truth is. Good on Cadena, too, for making the effort with Sanders. The Stranger isn't necessarily a friendly place for Reichert, and others might not have bothered.

MORE: Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman will appear at a rally with Reichert volunteers Friday. The campaign says there is no public event and no fundraiser.

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