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Ad of the Day: McMahon hits Blumenthal where it hurts most

By Emi Kolawole
U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, a Connecticut Republican, released an ad attacking Democratic opponent Richard Blumenthal on the subject that is most important to voters this election cycle and on which Democrats are most vulnerable: jobs.

The ad replays footage from the candidates' Thursday night debate, where McMahon asked Blumenthal, "How do you create a job?" The ad plays Blumenthal's response with overlaid text that reads, "Why can't Dick Blumenthal answer the question?" and "Dick Blumenthal. Can't create jobs. Can't help Connecticut."

In other campaign ad news:

- An ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee claims that Massachusetts state Rep. Jeff Perry (R) "was the supervising officer on the scene" when teenage girls were "illegally strip-searched" by a police officer in early 1990s. The ad then goes on to quote the father of one of the victims saying, "There's nowhere he should run but out of town."

The ad refers to Perry's past job as a police officer and the fact that he supervised an officer who carried out the strip-search. The parents sued the Wareham, Mass., police department, and the jury found in favor of one victim, while the other case was settled before trial. The Boston Globe reports that Perry was not charged or disciplined in either case.

Perry has refused to answer questions about the case, and his boss at the time, former Wareham police chief Thomas A. Joyce, has appeared in an ad defending Perry against the attacks. While this may appear to be a good move on its face, after digging a little deeper it merely raises more complications for Perry, since Joyce repeatedly questioned Perry's honesty while he worked for the force. Joyce was also a named defendant in the strip-search case alongside Perry.

- Christine O'Donnell is out with ad No. 2. This time she mentions that she didn't go to Yale (a side-swipe at the controversy surrounding her education history). She also repeats the tag line of her previous ad, "I'm you." Read more on O'Donnell from our colleagues over at The Fix.

- The battle is on between Democrats and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Post's Dan Eggen reports that Democrats have had it with the pro-business organization and are floating the notion that the chamber is financing its significant ad buys in districts across the country with foreign money. The Chamber objects to the claim. Read Dan Eggen's analysis, and watch the ads that are making Democrats so angry.

- A new ad from Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) shows actors portraying illegal immigrants running through a broken fence. It claims that Vitter's opponent in the Senate race, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.), made it easier and more desirable for illegal immigrants to come to the United States. (h/t Greg Sargent at The Plum Line)

- After a very hard-hitting and, ultimately false ad from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl.), FactCheck.org finds that another, more recent Grayson ad is mostly on the mark.

- A new ad from Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle claims that her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, "voted to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Viagra for convicted child molesters and sex offenders." The body of the video is narrated by an unidentified woman who stands on screen. The effect gives the perception that she is an impartial third party. The ad refers to Reid having voted to table an amendment to the health care reform bill that would have barred sex offenders and child molesters from receiving a prescription to Viagra in the new health-care exchanges.

By Emi Kolawole  | October 8, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Ad of the day  
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Comments

Blumenthal is a total phony and will say anything to get elected. This guy cannot be trusted! Case in point: he said he is against websites that promote prostitution and traffic women. He was the first to take credit for wearing Craigslist down and getting them to pull the Erotic/Adult section off their site. Then why are websites like Backpage and Preferred411 allowed to target and allow pimps and prostitutes to openly advertise in Connecticut? Please. He targeted CL because that was the one the general public knew about. He is NOT concerned about the well-being of women and families. It was all about his political gain. Just watch. After this election he will do nothing to go forward with stopping the promotion of prostitution and trafficking in our state! SHAME on you Dick! You do not care about these women anymore than you served in actual battle during Vietnam. Otherwise why would you allow it???

Posted by: Bryanctgrey | October 13, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal is a total phony and will say anything to get elected. This guy cannot be trusted! Case in point: he said he is against websites that promote prostitution and traffic women. He was the first to take credit for wearing Craigslist down and getting them to pull the Erotic/Adult section off their site. Then why are websites like Backpage and Preferred411 allowed to target and allow pimps and prostitutes to openly advertise in Connecticut? Please. He targeted CL because that was the one the general public knew about. He is NOT concerned about the well-being of women and families. It was all about his political gain. Just watch. After this election he will do nothing to go forward with stopping the promotion of prostitution and trafficking in our state! SHAME on you Dick! You do not care about these women anymore than you served in actual battle during Vietnam. Otherwise why would you allow it???

Posted by: Bryanctgrey | October 13, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Connecticut does have another choice.

I'm the Independent Party candidate for US Senate and I'm the only one qualified to fix this broken economy and create the 20 million real private sector jobs we desperately need.

Please visit my website:

www.moslerforsenate.com

Sincerely,
Warren Mosler
www.moslerforsenate.com

Posted by: WarrenMosler | October 10, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Connecticut does have another choice.

I'm the Independent Party candidate for US Senate and I'm the only one qualified to fix this broken economy and create the 20 million real private sector jobs we desperately need.

Please visit my website:

www.moslerforsenate.com

Sincerely,
Warren Mosler
www.moslerforsenate.com

Posted by: WarrenMosler | October 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

There is another choice.

I'm the Independent Party candidate for US Senate and I'm the only one qualified to fix this broken economy and create the 20 million real private sector jobs we desperately need.

Please visit my website:

www.moslerforsenate.com

Sincerely,
Warren Mosler
www.moslerforsenate.com

Posted by: WarrenMosler | October 10, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Bloomy spent years in the Marine reserves, and Dick Cheney was where? And Bush was a drunk in some southern bar pretending he didn't flunk out of flight school.
Posted by: Jack88

1. Bloomie spent a couple of years as a stateside DOD lawyer after he ran out of deferments. During Vietnam, I believe he was involved in organizing the Marine's "Toys for Tots" program.

2. Unlike Bloomie, Cheney did not run out of deferments so he avoided Kerry and Bloomie's fate as an unmarried rich boy who had run out of grad schools. However, unlike Bloomie, Cheney did national service - 3 years as White House Chief of Staff, then 4 years as Secretary of Defense. (something liberals somehow define for FDR and Cheney as "never really serving")

3. Liberals who never served and can fathom what service is like (constantly denigrating reservist and Guard service for example) - just can't admit their hated Bush-Hitler actually was a superb pilot, rated in the upper 5% of his cohort of F-102 and F-104 pilots in his fitness reports. Who got an early out in much the same way John Forbes Kerry was credited with "serving as the 9th lackey on an Admiral's staff, though no one saw much of Kerry in his last year unless he popped up meeting with VC in Paris. (And unlike Kerry, no one questions that Bush left with an honorable discharge)

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | October 9, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

As utterly pathetic as lying (Vietnam War Vet!) Blumie's answer was on creating jobs, one must admit that he's certain no more pathetic than the rest of the lunatic-left, who wouldn't know a job if they tripped over one.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | October 9, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

As utterly pathetic as lying (Vietnam War Vet!) Blumie's answer was on creating jobs, one must admit that he's certain no more pathetic than the rest of the lunatic-left, who wouldn't know a job if they tripped over one.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | October 9, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Bloomy spent years in the Marine reserves, and Dick Cheney was where? And Bush was a drunk in some southern bar pretending he didn't flunk out of flight school.

Posted by: Jack88 | October 9, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Liberal Democrats excused Bill Clinton's lying under oath because it was only about sex. There is no such ready excuse for the kind of lying Blumenthal is guilty of- saying that he "was in Vietnam." Such lying is beneath contempt and whoever is guilty of it forfeits any claim to the votes of decent people. Which excludes liberals whose moral values are as adaptable as were Josef Stalin's.

Posted by: mhr614 | October 9, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

If McMahon "knows" how to create jobs, where the F was she during the dark ages of the Texas Moron when the country was sliding into the worst depression since the 1930s?
Where the F were all the Repubs for that matter?
All of a sudden all the hypocrites, including Boner, have the solution. If they do, and did, why the F they did nothing?

Posted by: analyst72 | October 9, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Bloomy lied about his being in Vietnam, his ads say McMahon TOOK money from CT - she earned Tax Credits; spent money to get a small portion back. McMahon understands how to create jobs, all Bloomy has done in 20 years of politics is use an army of 200 attorneys to go after any business so he can get a press op. Bloomys tax and spend attitude is not wanted in an era of no jobs, high unemployment, high taxes, unfunded pensions, shoved down your throat health care....time for a change, go McMahon.

Posted by: SmGovGood | October 8, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

You wrote that Jeff Perry "...has refused to answer questions about the case." This is absolutely NOT TRUE. He answered the same irrelevant questions repeatedly back in 2002, when this incident first surfaced, and again earlier this year...when his Republican primary opponent ginned it up with a friendly media. If you did a little homework(they used to call it "reporting"), you'd find that out.

Posted by: scholhamer111 | October 8, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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