Republican Ted Cruz is stirring quite a ruckus with his charge that Donald Trump embodies “New York values.”
Ring a bell?
Out here in Missouri back in 2008, Congressman Sam Graves used a similar line, accusing former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes of having “San Franciso values.” Barnes was trying to unseat Graves that year.
But that line, and other Graves tactics, worked. Graves trounced Barnes by 59-37 percent in a race that was originally expected to be far closer.
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The link between the Graves’ campaign and Cruz’s? That’s Jeff Roe, the Missouri political consultant who managed both campaigns.
While the line proved effective against Barnes, who favored same-sex marriage, the jury is very much out for Cruz.
The Texas senator again accused Trump of “New York values” during Thursday night’s debate. Trump responded aggressively (what else would you expect?), pointing to New York City’s resilience following the Sept. 11th attacks.
“I saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York,” Trump said. “The people of New York fought and fought and fought. We saw more death and even the smell of death and it was with us for months.
“We rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everybody in the world watched, and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers. And I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made.”
The New York Daily News agreed with Trump, based on its front page Friday. (see picture above). Said the Daily News: “Hey, Cruz: You don’t like N.Y. values? Go back to Canada!”