Could the Murtha Effect Hit Michigan?

Carl Levin’s free pass just expired.

A new group called Levin Too Liberal for Michigan launched a website this morning quizzing constituents on the candidate’s liberal record in the U.S. Senate, including several questionable positions taken by the member of the Armed Services Committee on national defense. The group also took out a full page ad Sunday in Michigan’s Battle Creek Enquirer. The ad outlined Levin’s actions in the Senate, such as his opposition to missile-defense and his blockage of several key military appointments.

The group also takes Levin to task for using his powerful committee chairmanship to thwart the reappointment of Marine General Peter Pace as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and "smearing" White House and Pentagon officils who made tough decisions about terrorist interrogations.

Erik Diana, chairman of Levin Too Liberal for Michigan, said Levin has been given a free pass from the media after 29 years in the U.S. Senate.

“We’re just basically asking people to hold him accountable,” Diana told HUMAN EVENTS.

One example Diana cites — and which appeared in Sunday’s ad – is Levin’s refusal to condemn for their New York Times ad calling Gen. David Petraeus a traitor. A resolution came before Congress to condemn the group for the ad, but Levin — then chairman of the Armed Services Committee — voted against doing so.

“He chose to make a statement by not condemning it,” Diana said.

Only eight days separate voters from the election booth, but Diana believes it’s never too close to an election for a candidate’s record not to make a difference in a race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey showed Levin up 61 percent to 36 percent on October 8.

“People are still smart enough to vote someone out of office,” Diana said, pointing to the recent trouble surrounding long-time representative John Murtha’s bid for reelection. “Basically, don’t ever give up hope.”

In the next eight days, Diana’s group — which is not affiliated in any way with Levin’s opponent Jack Hoogendyk — is working to get their information into as many blogs as possible. They are also seeking donations for more newspaper ads and radio buys.

See Levin Too Liberal For Michigan to view Sunday’s ad.