Laura Ruderman’s mother says she just wanted to help her daughter win the 1st Congressional District when she created and funded (at $115,000) a PAC devoted to attacking her daughter’s opponent, Suzan DelBene.
But the mama-bear act has been an utter disaster for Ruderman. DelBene broke her usual placid demeanor to turn on Ruderman in last Friday’s KCTS-TV debate. Sen. Patty Murray and state Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz blasted the Democrat-on-Democrat attacks. And Ruderman’s first TV ad, which aired a day after news of “MamaPAC” broke, featured her mother, raising the specter of an untoward coordination… or just lousy campaign management.
Ruderman, after hedging her criticism, finally denounced her mother’s effort on her Facebook page Tuesday after the first TV ad by the PAC, Progress for Washington, aired.
I am calling on Progress for Washington to immediately take down the television ad that began airing today. I would encourage voters to visit my website and see the positive messages about my positions on issues that our campaign is talking about.
Ruderman’s mother’s PAC, Progress for Washington, just filed a disclosure report showing it now preparing political fliers in favor of Ruderman. I’m not privy to the mom-daughter chats, but you have to wonder what’s being said. Ruderman’s mother, Margaret Rothschild, already donated $115,000 to the effort, but the new filing suggests Rothschild is either spending more, or got other donors.