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As Tasteless As It Gets': Democratic Sen. Finds Opportunity in Newtown Massacre


Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday cited the Newtown shooting massacre in a fundraising email to supporters.

From an editorial in the New Haven Register:

“In the wake of the horror of the December 14, 2012, massacre of 20 beautiful children and 6 dedicated educators,” Blumenthal is asking supporters to send money to his 2016 re-election campaign!

“As your senator, I will continue fighting for the rights of all the people, not the special interests. But I need your help,” Blumenthal wrote in an email to supporters Thursday morning. “Please contribute $5 now as the Senate debate continues on common-sense gun reform legislation this week.”

Constant fundraising and the recent trend of fundraising off real-time reaction to the news of the moment have officially jumped the shark, courtesy of Blumenthal’s tasteless auto-appeal.

“Using the ‘horror’ of the ‘massacre of 20 beautiful children’ at a time when critical legislation honoring their memory is at stake to beg for $5 for your next political campaign is as tasteless as it gets,” the editorial added.

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(H/T: NRO). Featured image Getty Images.

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