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The Race Is On

Amy Gardner

The ad wars have begun in Fairfax County, where two incumbent Republican state senators -- Ken Cuccinelli and Jay O'Brien -- went up on cable TV last week. Cuccinelli's opponent, Democrat Janet Oleszek, is also running an ad on cable.

With nearly two months to go until Election Day, it's a little early for advertising, let alone of the nasty sort. But this is a competitive year, and incumbents are clearly nervous -- particularly Republicans in blue-ing Fairfax. Cuccinelli's ad accuses Oleszek, a member of the county school board, of supporting higher taxes in Fairfax County. He said his early buy is not a sign of trouble but an attempt to take advantage before the airwaves get crowded with other candidates.

"Fairfax is ground zero for this year's election, and it's going to get doggone crowded later on," he said. "There's an advantage to coming up now because people will see it this early."

O'Brien described his ad as a comparison piece on the issue of illegal immigration, contrasting his get-tough positions with those of his opponent, Democrat George L. Barker. O'Brien bought time on both Fairfax and Prince William cable channels.

"The Democrats have invested a lot in my opponent and are trying to win the three Senate seats in Northern Virginia," O'Brien said. "We are responding in kind."

Oleszek's ad is pure biography, but she's launching a response piece to the Cucinelli tax ad on Tuesday, her campaign reported.

By Amy Gardner  |  September 17, 2007; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Campaign Ads , Election 2007  
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