Kerry, "cowards" and the netroots

A spokesman for the senator pushes back against the call for him to contribute more to the 2006 elections.

Published October 24, 2006 6:00PM (EDT)

Talk about feeling the pressure: John Kerry spokesman David Wade seems to have heard quite enough from netroots who think his boss ought to be dipping deeper into his 2008 campaign war chest to help Democrats win now. "Cowards can hide behind anonymous Web sites," Wade tells the New York Times, "but Democrats out in the country, party leaders and real netroots activists know how hard John Kerry has fought to win these elections."

Wade seems to have been referring to whoever is behind the time-to-pony-up site, which just disappeared from the Internets. But there are plenty of not-so-anonymous netroots who'd like to see Kerry chip in more than he has, and some of them aren't particularly amused by Wade's brushoff. Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas Zúniga notes that neither he nor ante-up leader Chris Bowers is in hiding. "Bowers doesn't look that anonymous to me. Nor am I," he writes. "But to Wade, here's a hearty 'fuck you.' We have long memories."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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