Having followed with astonishment the news of Bobbi Fiedler's indictment, I feel compelled to voice my opinion. I do so as a constituent of both her and Ed Davis, and as the Libertarian Party candidate who ran against her for Congress in 1982.
While I obviously disagree with Fiedler on many issues, I have never had any doubts about her integrity. So "astonishment" is probably a mild description of my reaction when the news first broke. The idea that she'd try to lure Davis not only made no political sense, it also seemed totally out of character.
More recent news reports paint a much different picture, in which Fiedler followed the common practice (among both Democrats and Republicans) of offering to help pay off a defeated opponent's campaign debts. Why else would she make the offer unless she thought Davis had already decided to throw in the towel? If Davis' prospects for the Republican nomination still seemed viable, then a $100,000 offer would be a joke (it wasn't even a personal sum that Davis himself would benefit from). After all, each candidate is going to spend millions in pursuit of the prize of the U.S. Senate seat.
We are left to decide between two competing interpretations: