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Moran distances self from Washington in new Kansas Senate ad

Rep. Jerry Moran's (R-Kan.) latest ad in the Kansas GOP Senate primary couldn't be more emblematic of the environment members of Congress face.

While Moran has been in Congress for seven terms, the ad emphasizes that he comes home on the weekend rather than taking part in "lavish dinners with friendly lobbyists." It also notes that he didn't vote for any bailouts, stimuli or Obama's healthcare plan.

The ad makes no mention of Moran's opponent, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), who is an appropriator.

About the only thing missing is Scott Brown's truck; Moran is driving a car along the dirt roads of Kansas.


Giannoulias defends family bank in first ad

Nobody can say Alexi Giannoulias's Senate campaign wasn't ready for his family's bank to go under.

The Illinois Democrat's campaign on Monday launched its first general election ad, and the candidate asserts he is "very proud" to have worked for Broadway Bank.

"It's helped thousands of people achieve the American dream -- people who couldn't go to the big banks," Giannoulias says of the bank, adding that, "when I left over four years ago, it was in good shape."

Giannoulias closes by saying: "If a business like my father's that he started 30 years ago can fail, it's happening everywhere. People want someone who's going to fight for them."


Air war begins in Rep. Mollohan's district

The GOP primary in Rep. Alan Mollohan's (D-W.Va.) district has hit the airwaves, with former state Del. David McKinley and businessman Mac Warner both launching ads.

McKinley's TV ad is a cable buy that focuses on his time as a small businessman and uses the slogan, "Had enough?"

Warner's radio ad, meanwhile, goes negative on McKinley, the national GOP favorite in the race. The ad hits McKinley for saying at a recent debate that he wouldn't read all legislation that he votes on.

Below are McKinley's ad and the script for Warner's.

Warner radio ad

Warner: I’m Mac Warner, and I approved this message.

Announcer: David McKinley wants to serve in Congress. But at a recent debate, McKinley was asked if he would promise to read bills before voting on them. His answer? No! The Wheeling newspaper reported that McKinley said you can’t always read the bills, and you have to, quote, trust your friends. Isn’t that what got us into this health care mess?

Warner: I’m Mac Warner. When I’m in Congress, I will never vote on a bill I haven’t read. That’s what you deserve, and that’s my pledge to you.

Announcer: Paid for by Mac Warner for Congress.


Rep. Flake defends McCain, hits former colleague Hayworth on spending

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) goes to bat for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and goes after McCain's primary opponent, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), in a new 60-second radio ad.

In the ad, Flake says McCain deserves the "lion's share" of credit for putting Congress on the brink of banning earmarks. He also says Hayworth (whom Flake doesn't refer to by name, but rather as McCain's "opponent") lost his way on the issue when he was in Congress.

In a direct shot at Hayworth, Flake also suggests that the former congressman lost reelection in 2006 because of that issue.

"Republicans including Sen. McCain's opponent lost their bearings on spending," Flake says. "They loaded up bills with pork barrel projects, and the voters punished Republicans by putting Democrats in charge."

It's a notable attack, given that Flake and Hayworth were colleagues.


Both sides up with ads in Murtha special

Republican Tim Burns and Democrat Mark Critz are both up with their first ads of the special election for Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) seat.

Critz's ad focuses on his role in an effort to rescue nine trapped miners in 2002. He repeatedly mentions the late congressman, whom he worked for as district director.

Burns's ad focuses on his upbringing in Johnstown, Pa., and his conservative stances on abortion and guns.

Both men appear to be going to their base right away, with Critz hoping to attract voters who would have voted for Murtha. There will be a lot of them on special election day, May 18, because Democratic turnout is expected to be high for contested governor and Senate primaries. Critz appears to be wagering on that advantage.

Burns, meanwhile, seems to be appealing to the district's cultural conservatism.

These ads will be most voters' first glimpses at the two candidates.


Kentucky Senate hopeful uses 9/11 attack images in ad

A new ad from Kentucky GOP Senate frontrunner Rand Paul features images of the Sept. 11 attacks and hits Trey Grayson for running a "shameful TV ad."

The somber ad begins with images of a burning World Trade Center and smoldering Pentagon and proceeds to go after Grayson for a recent ad in which Grayson accused Paul of opposing wire-tapping of terrorists and the Patriot Act.

"Now, a desperate Trey Grayson is using Sept. 11 to attack my integrity and my patriotism," Paul says. "Trey Grayson, you're shameful TV ad is a lie, and it dishonors you."

Using images of 9/11 in an ad got President Bush in some trouble in 2004. Since then, it has been used sparingly.

The DSCC was forced to change a Massachusetts special election ad earlier this year that showed an image of the World Trade Center while talking about Wall Street greed.


EMILY's List starts a support Pelosi website

EMILY's List, a power PAC that backs female candidates, has started a website to support Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after the hail of criticism she came under for the healthcare bill.

The group said in a statement the site was started specificially in response to RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who said: "Let's start getting Nancy ready for the firing line this November." invites people to fill out an online petition to thank Pelosi for her work on the legislation.

"Thanks to you, the House passed historic health care legislation this week – progress we could not have achieved without you at the helm," the petition reads. "Thank you for everything you’re doing to make America healthier, safer, and better for all of us."

It could prove to be an uplifting birthday gift for the Speaker, who turns 70 today. It's also a strong show of support from a power abortion-rights PAC. Pelosi supports abortion-rights but several liberal groups complained about language in the healthcare bill that restricted federal funding of abortions.

In today's edition of The Hill, Aaron Blake examines liberals attacks on Democratic candidates regarding their healthcare votes.