Laffey Writing a “Tell All”
Mark Arsenault reports in today’s ProJo that Steve Laffey has written a tell-all about his failed 2006 Senate campaign. The title indicates where he’s going with this one–Primary Mistake: A Candidate’s Tale of How Washington Republicans Tried to Squash a Reagan Conservative but Instead Lost Everything (link added and title revised to reflect information at linked site-ed.).
Laffey will argue in the book that his race epitomized what went wrong with the Republican Party, which lost control of the House and Senate in the last election. “The national Republican Party lost power because it put power in front of principle,” Laffey said yesterday. “I wanted to set forth some principles that we should hold on to.”
His editor at Penguin Group [who is publishing the book], Bernadette Malone Serton, said that Laffey tells the story of the campaign with stunning candor.
“Steve Laffey is so candid in talking about what Washington Republicans did to him that the rest of the country needs to know why they lost the Senate in 2006,” she said.
“And he names names in his book,” she promised.
Neither Laffey nor Serton would describe the contents of the book in detail before it is published, but both said it has nationwide implications.
“It’s a wake-up call to all Republicans for 2008,” Serton said, “because if these are the kind of decisions [by Republican leaders] and the games that are going to be played, that could very well affect the outcome of the presidential election.”
Laffey, who is traveling out of the country, explained by telephone yesterday why he wrote the book.
“I’m a very future-oriented person,” he said. “I don’t sit around and stew. I thought immediately that my race had a lot of implications nationally. I thought I had something to offer nationally for the party and the public.
“I really thought my race was the epitome of how the national Republican Party lost power and did the wrong thing over the last six years.”
The book ends with “a very positive message for the future, a very hopeful” message, he said.