In reaction to the Super PAC Mania currently gripping the GOP presidential primary campaign, Massachusetts US Senate opponents Scott Brown (R-LL Bean) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Harvard Yard) are looking to rid their battle of outside-group influence.
From Saturday’s Boston Globe:
Brown, Warren in battle over ads
US Senator Scott Brown, stepping up his efforts to confront Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic challenger, sent her a letter yesterday, calling on her to denounce campaign ads from outside groups.
Warren reacted quickly with her own challenge, suggesting in her own letter that the campaigns draft an “enforceable agreement’’ on the issue. “We have the opportunity to set an example for the rest of the country. Let’s do it,’’ she wrote.
Likewise, from Saturday’s Boston Herald:
A potential deal would be similar to an agreement in the legendary 1996 clash between U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry and former Bay State Gov. William F. Weld. The pair pledged to cap spending in the race at $6.9 million, but each broke the deal.
Campaign Outsider Reality Check (pat. pending):
This is nothing like the Weld-Kerry deal, and there’s no possible “enforceable agreement” that can stop outside groups from running TV spots. (By law, candidates cannot coordinate with independent political groups.)
The Brown/Warren disarmament deal is a pipe dream that serves both campaigns, but does a disservice to the voting public.
And it’s a shame that neither the Globe nor the Herald notes that fact.
Maybe we need to live in a three-daily town?