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Ad of the day: Dem ad depicts San Francisco as full of hippies

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.) has added to a growing list of ads that attempt to distance Democrats from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even as Republicans and third-party conservative groups work diligently to tie Democrats to her.

"Georgia is a long way from San Francisco," drawls the announcer as people dressed in hippie garb wave their hands at the camera in some sort of strange flower-power dance. The announcer says that Marshall "doesn't support Nancy Pelosi," and goes on to tout Marshall's having voted with "Republican leaders 65 percent of the time." The figures, like Democrat Bill Owens's ad Tuesday, are from OpenCongress.org. The site also shows Marshall voted along party lines 88 percent of the time, that he has a 66 percent voting similarity with Pelosi and a 56 percent voting similarity with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

The ad says that Marshall "worked and voted against Pelosi's trillion dollar health care bill," and that he is endorsed by the NRA, Right to Life and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "They wouldn't have anything to do with a Nancy Pelosi supporter," says the announcer.

(h/t Ben Smith)

In other ad-related news:

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The Post's Dan Eggen reports that American Crossroads, a Karl Rove-linked third party group, has been raking in cash. It credits the fundraising surge to Democrats' debunked claims that third party groups could be funded by foreign cash. As a result of the extra funds, the group will team up with other third-party organizations to extend their reach to House races.

- Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) is out with an ad that (you guessed it) distances him from Nancy Pelosi. In the ad Bright says, if he is sent back to Congress, he will "vote for the person that will allow me to best represent my constituents," as the text that appears on the screen says that Bright "WON'T vote for Nancy Pelosi." Bright's anti-Pelosi credentials were pretty much set in stone back in August when he joked that perhaps Pelosi might "get sick and die" before he had to vote for her as speaker again. (h/t Ben Smith)

- On Tuesday, The Fix's Aaron Blake analyzed the slew of ads coming from the National Republican Congressional Committee. He writes: "Republicans are betting heavily on Pelosi's unpopularity, using her even more often than President Obama in their ads. The scope of the strategy is also as wide -- if not wider -- than the Democrats' use of President Bush in 2006 and 2008, when his unpopularity made him a drag on the GOP up and down the ticket." Read the analysis and watch the ads.

- Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has released a new web video that depicts Democrat Chris Coons as "The Tax Man." The video, like past Republican ads, is produced in the style of a movie trailer. O'Donnell does not appear in the video, and all of the claims go unsourced. You can watch it here and read more from The Fix's Chris Cillizza on the reason behind the fascination surrounding O'Donnell.


By Emi Kolawole  | October 13, 2010; 1:37 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Ad of the day  
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