Politics reporters get a deluge of emails from the congressional campaign arms of the Republican and Democratic parties.
Usually, the emails can be safely ignored. The MO — today's example is from the Republicans — is to take something bad that a Democrat did and tie it to a Democrat, no matter how far removed.
What does former Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine have to do it with Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh? Not much, aside from the D next to their name.
But a release this morning was more concrete with its tie-in: Mr. Owens serenaded President Barack Obama, the release claimed, with Al Green's song, "Let's Stay Together."
"I'm so in love with you… whatever you want to do… it's alright with me… I'll never be untrue… let's stay together… or at least that's what Bill Owens and his House Democrat colleagues sang to President Obama on Friday during their taxpayer funded retreat on Maryland's Eastern Shore," the release states.
But unfortunately for this bored blogger, that's not true. Mr. Owens wasn't even at the retreat, and didn't record himself singing to Mr. Obama, said Sean Magers, a spokesman for Mr. Owens.
It's part of Republicans' efforts to tie Democrats to a vulnerable president. Mr. Obama's coattails won't be that long this year, and Republicans are trying to use it to their advantage.
But Mr. Owens has told me that he's not yet endorsing the president for his re-election bid. That stance stands today, Mr. Magers said. Mr. Owens told me at the time that he's going to wait for the competing economic plans to come out before he makes his decision.
Given Mr. Owens's positions on tax hikes for the wealthy, for example, and the positions of the Republican candidates and what Mr. Obama said at his state of the union address, an endorsement is likely.
But for now, it's hardly "Let's stay together," as the Republican campaign arm would have you believe. More like, "I'm going to stay as far away as possible." It's less catchy, but more accurate.
Republicans, of course, don't buy the non-endorsement.
"The fact that Owens won’t come clean about his support for President Obama shows that he’s running scared having already supported so much of the President’s failed agenda," Nat Sillin, an NRCC spokesman, said in an email.