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)
- 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.
| October 8, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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