The Club for Growth has both a new TV ad and a radio ad up in Nebraska today.
See the TV ad here:
And listen to (and watch) the radio spot here:
Politico reports that CFG is spending $150K on a two-week ad buy — though it does not specify if that is just for TV or if that includes the radio spots as well.
Just a note, when CFG says Bruning praised the Obama Stimulus, it comes from this Bruning quote about additional law enforcement personnel paid for by the stimulus:
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning welcomed today’s news. “Nebraska has some of the best law enforcement in the country,” Bruning said. “The additional support is important to maintain the quality of life we enjoy in our state.”
Hard. Ball. Politics.
These aren’t horrible spots, and may chip away a little at Bruning. But we are not sure that they will be enough to wash away a 20 – 30 point lead Bruning may have over Don Stenberg — who is the favored choice of the national Club for Growth PAC. Of course South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint is also expected to spend a load for Stenberg coming soon.
But this won’t exactly be in a vacuum, and we expect Bruning to have his own run of ads as well.
This is likely to be a whirlwind month, readers (more below).
Not to be outdone by another Super PAC, Americans for Prosperity started ads in Nebraska as well hitting Bob Kerrey. See it here:
It is good that AFP is keeping Bob Kerrey’s name involved in this primary — instead of letting him skate until November. Voters will certainly be engaged in this primary season, and if Kerrey was left out while Bruning and Stenberg pummel each other, his stock would certainly rise.
But the reminder of liberal West Villager Bob Kerrey will keep it all in perspective.
Now we aren’t personally crazy about this spot, to tell the truth (sorry AFP). We’ve liked others they’ve put up, but it’s just a little too…down homey, with the houses, and the random families reciting lines. We think this could be done with mini, one-line testimonials about Kerrey being from New York, being for ObamaCare, being a radical liberal, being MORE liberal than Ben Nelson, that could resonate a little better.
And after Ben Nelson was run out on a rail, so to speak, saying that New Yorker Kerrey is more liberal than him (unscripted if possible), will hit home. We aren’t ad experts though. Just our dos centavos.
And if you were wondering just how mellow the Stenberg camp was going to be for these next 30 or so days, take a look at “Don’s” latest Tweet:
Help us raise $5,000 in a week so we can stop Jon Bruning’s smear campaign against us!
We will be interested to see if Stenberg tries to ride the Twitter thing a little further, as that faux-issue has really cut both ways for him and Bruning. For those who do not understand how Twitter works, they likely heard Bruning and were turned off by whatever it was that Jon said Don did. Others who understand The Twitter a little better may have been more sympathetic to Don. If Don could roll that into something, he might have something more to hit with. Because at this point, we just don’t see the “Bruning is not conservative enough” line working. We don’t see it.
And we are sorry, but the sometimes-humorous, fake-Bruning, “@JonBruningish” on Twitter made us chuckle with his response to Stenberg:
“$5,000? Trying to double your war chest?”
We always chuckle when we hear people complain about negative ads, and they don’t hear or know enough about the candidates. And they want to know more about the issues, and blah blah blah and all that crap.
It is coming, right? We all know it is. And the MSM will look down their noses at the candidates and wag their shaming fingers at them.
But look what happens when they have an actual candidates night. No one shows.
They had one in Millard last night and the OWH reports that all of 80 people were there watching — with speculation that the vast majority of them were associated with each candidate’s campaign.
And then, for the 2nd District House race, Lee Terry (who just received a U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement) was there. And two of his three GOP opponents, Bret Lindstrom and Jack Heidel were there as well, giving their talking points. Fine. But Glenn Freeman, apparently blew it off.
Now we wouldn’t make much of a deal of it, except Watchdog recently had Freeman hammering Lee Terry for not showing up at some Sierra Club deal. But the sitting Congressman shows up for this forum, and a challenger is not there to try to take him on? Kind of a major mistake, no? Hey maybe he had something else going on that prevented him from being there, which certainly happens. But if it was a conscious choice to not show up, we just do not get it.
On that same note, Gwen Howard also blew off the forum, while her challenger Jon Ewing was there. One could argue that there was no one to listen anyway, but these things get reported in the media, and a trailing candidate’s absence often sends a message of how serious they are about a race. (We don’t know that Howard is necessarily trailing, but that is our guess. Feel free to tell us if we are wrong.)
On that note, keep in mind that ALL of the major Senate candidates will be in Norfolk tomorrow, and we are frankly expecting them to stir it up. Well, we are expecting Don to stir it up. We doubt that Bruning will start anything, and Deb Fischer is trying to stay out of any scraps and hope that the boys knock each other down (Rocky II style) and let her strut to the middle of the ring.
But Don probably has to swing, so we will be watching to see if he has an old-fashioned horseshoe in his glove.
A follow up on our report yesterday that Tim O’Dell announced that he will not seek the Chairmanship of the Nebraska Republican Party. O’Dell had been mentioned by outgoing Chair Mark Fahleson as someone who could be interested and would be a good choice.
But O’Dell announced yesterday that he would not be seeking the seat, noting that he was starting a new business endeavor.
So, we got word, directly, that Brian Buescher is seeking the Chairmanship. Buescher is an Omaha attorney and is well liked and respected within the party. Buescher also (reportedly) has the support of Governor Dave Heineman and Senator Mike Johanns for his run.
We have not heard of any others interested or planning on running, but other names could pop up.
In the mean time, outgoing Chairman Mark Fahleson announced that he will be seeking the position of National Committeeman for the Nebraska GOP (each state has a Committeeman and a Commiteewoman who rep the state party at the national level). Fahleson hopes to fill the seat of outgoing Committeeman Pete Ricketts. Again, no word on anyone else interested.
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