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The Republican Governors Association goes after a tea party independent

Two weeks after independent Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill attended the big tea party on Boston Common, he's getting hit with a seven-figure attack ad from the Republican Governors Association.

The RGA's strategy, as the Boston Globe points out, is to do what it did to Chris Daggett, the 2009 independent candidate for governor of New Jersey, and inform voters that Cahill is even worse than the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.). The problem is that Daggett ran generally to the left of now-Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.). Cahill is running to the right of the field in Massachusetts, gunning for fiscally conservative, pro-life voters who he's confident will be put off by Baker's pro-choice running mate, state Sen. Richard Tisei.

I'm told that Cahill has already shot a response ad that will go up this afternoon.

"We opposed ObamaCare and went to the tea party while the Republican did neither," said a source in Cahill's camp to me. "Now the RGA feels like they have to come in and kill us?"

By David Weigel  |  April 27, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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