WASHINGTON: Poised to cede control of the Senate in the wake of Jim
Jeffords' (I-VT) defection, the GOP has told PRWeek that it will employ
the very PR strategy the Democrats used when consigned to the
Trent Duffy, press secretary for the Republican National Committee
(RNC), said the Democrats were quick to blame Republicans for every
legislative shortcoming when his party was in control. With the
Democrats calling the shots in the Senate, he said, they can expect a
taste of their own medicine.
"The perception of Washington, fed by the Democrats, is that when
something went wrong in Congress they'd say, 'They run it, they can fix
it.' Of course, they knew that wasn't true."
Also topping the RNC's communications agenda is an effort to paint
Jeffords as an opportunist who switched parties to gain a committee
chairmanship and notoriety. "We are questioning whether it was a
principled decision or a political power play," said Duffy.