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GOP Takes Anti-Obama Message to Mississippi in New Ad

By Paul Kane
Full speed ahead.

That was the message coming from national Republicans when it comes to their campaign to link Democratic candidates for the House to Sen. Barack Obama, despite the Saturday loss suffered by a GOP candidate who used similar tactics in a Baton Rouge-based district previously held by Republicans since 1975.

The latest anti-Obama ad comes from Mississippi, where Republican Greg Davis is trying to win a May 13 special election for a House seat that the GOP has easily held for the previous 13 years. The Davis ad accuses Democrat Travis Childers of wrongfully denying Obama's endorsement of him on the eve of the first round of balloting for the northern Mississippi district on April 22.

"Travis Childers, taking Obama's endorsement is wrong, lying about it is worse," the narrator says in the ad.

This comes on the heels of new ads from the conservative group Freedom's Watch, which has placed a spot on several networks there showing Obama and Childers on screen and accusing the two of supporting a $2,600 tax hike on Social Security. Obama and Childers "think alike" on taxes, the narrator says. "They both want to raise them."

Democrats pointed to Don Cazayoux's win in the special election Saturday for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District as proof that, even in some Deep South districts, the anti-Obama message has limits. Just before the vote Saturday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) warned that the Obama effect should not be considered definitive if Republicans win in either Louisiana or Mississippi.

"This is really Republican territory. It could be a mistake to read too much into this," Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told The Trail.

But Republicans looked at the closeness of Saturday's race as a sign that the anti-Obama effort paid dividends. Cazayoux edged out former state legislator Woody Jenkins by 3,000 votes, but only when votes came in from largely black precincts in Baton Rouge did Cazayoux pull ahead.

The GOP declared victory for its strategy.

"When Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi were introduced into this campaign, Don Cazayoux was leading by a large margin in the polls and Republicans substantially closed that gap. This election speaks to the potential toxicity of an Obama candidacy and the possible drag he could have down-ballot this fall," Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said.

Because Republicans viewed Jenkins -- a divisive figure in local politics for 30 years -- as such a flawed candidate, they have said they believe the Mississippi election is more critical to determining the anti-Obama strategy's potential for success.

And so the Davis-Childers race becomes even more important, on the national political stage, then the Cazayoux-Jenkins battle.

To that end, the NRCC has pumped $1 million into the Mississippi race in the last four weeks, which is more than double the amount it spent in Baton Rouge. Its ads so far have shown cartoonish images of Childers along with images of Obama, Pelosi and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

Not to be outdone, the DCCC has already flooded the state's 1st Congressional District with $1.3 million in April and early May, already topping the $1.2 million it spent in Louisiana.

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Wambui Otieno you got to be kidding me with all the corruption of this administration. No bid $$$ BILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTS NOW THATS A HOOKUP!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 16, 2008 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope these smear tactics work the same way in Mississippi as they did in North Carolina and Louisiana. Run up that flag again for us, Republicans, and see who salutes (and how they do it)!

Posted by: Scott in NC | May 11, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope these GOP smears work the same way in Mississippi as they did in North Carolina (Obama win) and Louisiana (GOP loss in the US House special election). Run up that flag again for us, Republicans, and see who salutes (and how they do it)!

Posted by: Scott in NC | May 11, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Seems the Repukes know who they are going to face in November. They must be agitated; they were hoping to face-off against the pathological liar Shillary, who would have been oh so easier to beat.

Posted by: infinite_nether | May 6, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

can't wait for North Carolina to see how the media justifies the way it portrayed Pennsylvania's 9 point win when she needs to catch up by even more and how it will portray her failure to catch up any delagates at all in North Carolina.

Spinning goes the media, where will it stop, nobody knows...

All we know is the race is over and real reporters and news agencies will report it right.

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 6, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama '08

Posted by: Jody Platt | May 5, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

This is proof that the GOP is afraid of Obama and wants Hillary to be the Democratic nominee. If they truly thought it would be easy to run against Obama, they would be attacking Hillary now, hoping to insure Obama's nomination. Instead, they are trying to toy with the superdelegates' decision my implying that Obama would be an easy target. In fact, the Republican spin doctors came out and said so, even after the recent election proved them wrong. Why? Because they want the Democrats to switch to Hillary, who is the candidate they would really love to run against. They're afraid of Obama, so they're trying early to derail his nomination.

Posted by: George | May 5, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party in Mississippi is one of the last bastions of racism in the US. Why don't they just accuse Travis Childers of fathering a mixed race b@stard child. It worked against McCain in 2000. Let's hope the people of Mississippi speak with a loud and strong voice against the voices of hate and intolerance. Time to leave the 19th century behind and join the 21st century.

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 5, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

there was a conservative third party candidate in the race-- he got 4 percent....this is a nonissue, given, the dem is anti-choice, pro-guns, and tough on crim(inals).

Posted by: tony | May 5, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Go Obama!!!!!

Posted by: Wambui Otieno | May 5, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

mike stein
posted 4/24/08 @ 2:19 PM EST

Examine the Cook County land records:

The deed for the house that the Obama's purchased for $300k less than the asking price is from Frederic Wondisford and his wife, Sally Radovic, to the Obama's Northern Trust Company Land Trust #10209 (established as such for "confidentiality") is dated 15 June 2005 and is recorded 21 June 2005 as Document #0517233010. Declared value is $1,650,000.00.

The deed for the vacant lot is from Wondisford/Radovic to Rita M. Rezko. This deed is dated 15 June 2005 and recorded a day earlier, on 20 June 2005 as Document #0517133004. Declared value is $625,000.00.

Examination of the Cook County records very clearly indicates that Rita M. Rezko conveyed the entire lot to Obama's Northern Trust Company Land Trust #10209 on 11 January 2006 and recorded 16 February 2006 as Document #0604733162. Declared value is $104,500.00.

VERY IMPORTANTLY, thorough and careful examination of all Cook County land records fails to locate a deed back to Rita M. Rezko from the Obama's Northern Trust Company Land Trust #10209.

There is a "wild' deed indicated from Rita M. Rezko to "5050 S. Greenwood LLC". This is an Illinois limited liability corporation with the same address as Rezmar Corporation that is registered to the indicted Tony Rezko. (This deed is considered "wild" because it is not supported by any ownership deed from the Obama's Land Trust.)

Furthermore, Tony Rezko's registered corporation, 5050 S. Greenwood LLC, then pledges the entire vacant lot in favor of a mortgage THAT IS STILL OPEN with Fifth Third Bank for the amount of $375,000.00. This is Document #0703357023 recorded 2 February 2007.


This is contrary to what has been stated by Senator Obama; contrary to what has been stated by Senator Obama's campaign staff: and contrary to what has been reported.

It must be noted that a seemingly intelligent Harvard educated attorney does not make such unknowing errors as stated above. The above is obvious intent not "oversight".

Posted by: elme | May 5, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

If you're a Mac user and having trouble with this page, send an email to the Post via this link:

Every time my cursor hovers over the text of this or any other post on The Trail, it becomes a live link to today's Howard Kurtz column. This has been going on all day and the Post Web gurus are apparently all out to lunch right now.

Posted by: whatmeregister | May 5, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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