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RGA buries an independent candidate in Mass.

The Republican Governors' Association is going up with its second TV ad and first radio ad against Tim Cahill, the Massachusetts treasurer who's running as an independent and trying to get to the right of GOP candidate Charlie Baker. In response to the first ad, a million-dollar buy, Cahill's campaign attacked Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.), chairman of the RGA, as a "good ol' boy." The blowback: subtle ad scripts like this.

Operator: 9-1-1. What’s your emergency?

Caller: Politics as usual. Up at the statehouse.

Operator: Do you have the name of the perpetrator?

Caller: Tim Cahill. He’s the state treasurer.

Operator: Okay, ma’am, I can’t help you unless you calm down and tell me what happened.

Caller: Tim Cahill turned out to be just another Beacon Hill politician.

The last polls have put Cahill in second place, ahead of Baker, behind Gov. Deval Patrick (D). If Cahill stays at or around 30 percent support, Baker's task becomes doubly difficult -- the base Democratic vote in the state is always going to be higher than that, and voters will be harder pressed to abandon Cahill as unelectable. Thus, the barrage.

By David Weigel  |  May 11, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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