Politics

Matt Miller Must Be Polling Well …

My friend Matt Miller, who’s running for Henry Waxman’s congressional seat, must be doing well in internal campaign polls because attacks on him are suddenly coming out of the woodwork. There’s a last minute hit piece by Lee Fang in leftish Republic Report riddled with embarrassing errors which have now been corrected, but in a way that prevents readers from seeing how bad they were.

For example, Fang said Miller’s income as a PR consultant hadn’t “been reported.” But it had been reported. Fang’s text now says “hasn’t been widely reported.” [E.A.] (Is that Miller’s fault?) Miller’s earnings from PR giant Burson-Marsteller that the original Republic Report says came “in the last five months”–sounds corrupting!–actually were from 2013.

Most important, the story originally said “many of Miller’s clients have continued to pay him throughout this year,” but the payments were all from before he announced his candidacy.

Pretty amazing that a group claiming to be for “rooting out the corruption” in elections could do something so corrupting of an election.

P.S.: I’m going to vote for Miller in today’s primary. I agree with him about most things (e.g. Obamacare, charter schools) though not about everything (e.g. immigration)– but he can be argued with.  He’s way less beholden to entrenched interests than his mainstream Dem rivals (Ted Lieu and Wendy Greuel).

Update: Miller has fallen several thousand votes short in what was effectively a five-person race for two spots in the runoff. …