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Mother Goose cuts radio ads for Hoyer challenger

The challenger to the House majority leader has added rhyme to the reasoning put forth in his campaign ads.

Actress Cheryl Felicia Rhoads, who portrayed Mother Goose in the 1980s children's video treasury, reprised her role to cut two radio spots for the campaign of Republican Charles Lollar.

Lollar is running against Rep. Steny Hoyer in Maryland's 5th district, considered by political analysts to be a solid Democratic seat. As of Sept. 30, Hoyer had $1.65 million cash-on-hand in comparison to Lollar's $89,045.

The 60-second spot goes:

Hickory dickory dock
Congress ran out the clock
They didn't pass a budget so they could run home
But they passed costly bills like healthcare's huge tome
Businessman, husband and father Charles Lollar
This former Marine respects your family's dollar
But Steny Hoyer spends so much more than we make
And he's had 30 years — Enough is enough, for goodness' sake
So what should voters do
When they go to the polls on Nov. 2?

"No more fables," continues Rhoads, who now runs an acting school in Falls Church, Va., advocating that voters change course in the 5th district.


Conservative activist Bauer launches $1 million ad blitz

Former GOP presidential hopeful and prominent social conservative activist Gary Bauer plans to spend some $1 million running campaign ads in targeted House and Senate races ahead of November. 

Bauer, who chairs the Campaign for Working Families political action committee, is targeting 10 races with a message that focuses largely on economic issues. 

"Thanks to Obama, Pelosi and Reid, the American that was, is no more," says the narrator of one ad the PAC is funding in support of Republican Marco Rubio in Florida's Senate race. "Instead of the hope they promised, we got decline."

"Americans are demanding that the liberal politicians responsible for dramatically growing the Washington bureaucracy while shrinking the American economy be held accountable," Bauer said in a release announcing the campaign.

Bauer plans to run spots in four Senate races — Florida, Nevada, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. 

His PAC will also target one key open-seat race and five vulnerable House Democrats — Reps. Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.), Mark Schauer (Mich.), Ike Skelton (Mo.), Steve Driehaus (Ohio) and Glenn Nye (Va.). 

The open-seat contest in Michigan's 1st congressional district between Republican Dan Benishek and Democrat Gary McDowell is another Bauer target. 

Watch the PAC's ad in Florida's Senate race below:


Dem touts healthcare law in new campaign ad

Here's a rarity for a House Democrat facing a competitive race this fall--a campaign ad touting the attributes of the recently-enacted healthcare law.

A new 30-second spot from Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) focuses on some of the law's more politically palatable provisions and hits Republican challenger Chris Gibson for advocating healthcare repeal.  

"Time for a reality check," the ad's narrator says. "Chris Gibson wants to repeal the healthcare law. Chris Gibson would let insurance companies go back to denying coverage for preexisting conditions. He would let them restore limits on lifetime coverage."

The messaging marks a break from many endangered Democrats across the country who are touting their votes against the healthcare law in campaign ads. 

A recent spot from the campaign of Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) highlighted his vote against "massive government healthcare." 

Election handicapper Charlie Cook has Murphy's race in the "lean Democratic" column, but the conservative group American Crossroads announced Wednesday it plans to start spending against Murphy. The National Republican Congressional Committee has already spent more than $450,000 in IE money targeting the incumbent.   

Murphy isn't the only Democrat who has engaged on healthcare this fall. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) used their support for the law to attack their Republican opponents for, they said, standing with insurance companies. 

-Sean J. Miller contributed to this post.


Rep. Bright ad: My constituents 'don't want a liberal running the House'

Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in his latest campaign ad, saying, "I've heard my constituents and they don't want a liberal running the House. They want a conservative." 

In the 30-second spot, Bright highlights his recent proclamation that he won't vote for Pelosi again as Speaker of the House. Instead, Bright says he'll vote for the person who will allow him to best represent his constituents. 

Bright also vows in the ad to help repeal the healthcare law, noting that "anyone who tells you otherwise is just downright lying." 

Last week, Bright pledged to not vote for Pelosi as Speaker should Democrats retain their majority after November's midterm elections. 


Bright faces a tough reelection fight against Republican Martha Roby in one of the most conservative districts in the country. His last TV spot featured a photo of him next to one of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and claimed that Bright voted with the Republican leader 80 percent of the time. 


Christine O'Donnell: 'I'm not a witch'

Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell unveiled her first TV ad of the general election Monday--a bio spot that features the candidate speaking straight to the camera with an attention-grabbing first line. 

"I'm not a witch," O'Donnell says in the spot. "I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you."

The line alludes to a comment O'Donnell made during a taping of the Bill Maher show back in the late 90s, when she admitted, "I dabbled into witchcraft." 

That O'Donnell uses the first ad of her Senate campaign against New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) to take those comments head on puts the stamp of Republican ad man Fred Davis squarely on her media campaign.

Davis, who's known for crafting some memorable political spots, (think Demon sheep and Paris Hilton) signed on with the O'Donnell campaign late last month.

"None of us are perfect, but none of us can be happy with what we see all around us," O'Donnell continues in the ad. "Spending, trading favors and back room deals are the ways to stay in office." 

O'Donnell concludes the spot: "I'll go to Washington and do what you'd do."

O'Donnell upset longtime Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in a nasty GOP primary that garnered significant national attention last month, but now trails her Democratic opponent by double-digits in most polls.  


Senatorial committees duel in West Virginia

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee went up Tuesday with its first ad targeting Republican businessman John Raese in West Virginia's special Senate election.

"He wants to eliminate the minimum wage, failed to pay workers compensation for on the job injuries," the ad's narrator says. "But one thing John Raese does support: a pledge that protected tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas."

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) finds himself beating back an unexpectedly strong challenge from Raese in the special election to serve out the remainder of the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D) term. 

Privately, Democrats say they're confident Raese will fade as Manchin and the national party continue to aim their fire at him. But the DSCC's spending shows Democrats are worried about another seat that wasn't expected to be competitive moving toward the GOP.  

The race is emerging as a top battleground between the two national party committees. The DSCC spot follows an ad buy last week from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is spending $1.2 million over a two week period on an ad tying Manchin (D) to President Obama and Democrats in Washington.  

Manchin was thought to have an easy road to the Senate this fall after Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) declined to run against him leaving the stage to the self-funding Raese who lost by a wide margin to Byrd in 2006. 

But recent polls have shown the souring national environment for Democrats and President Obama's unpopularity in the state are dragging Manchin down.  

The NRSC followed the DSCC's first ad by highlighting its new anti-Manchin radio spot Tuesday that labels Manchin "Washington Joe."


Grayson takes heat for labeling opponent 'Taliban Dan'

The latest campaign ad from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) paints his Republican opponent as a religious extremist, labeling him "Taliban Dan."

Grayson, who often finds the national spotlight thanks to attention-grabbing rhetoric aimed at Republicans, faces a tough challenge this fall from state Sen. Dan Webster (R). 

"Religious fanatics try to take away our freedom in Afghanistan, in Iraq and right here in Central Florida," the ad's announcer says before cutting to a black-and-white shot of Webster reciting a Bible passage that reads, "Wives, submit yourself to your own husband."

The ad goes on to accuse Webster of wanting to "impose his radical fundamentalism on us," claiming the Republican tried to deny medical care to abused women and "wants to force raped women to bear the child."

"Taliban Dan Webster — hands off our bodies and our laws," the ad concludes.  

The nonpartisan website has already said Grayson's spot "lowers the bar" by "using edited video to make his rival appear to be saying the opposite of what he really said."

The 30-second spot employs a clip from Webster speaking at a Christian conference last year; the full clip makes it clear that Grayson's ad quotes Webster wildly out of context. 

The spot was released over the weekend and hit with criticism Monday from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), a prominent Webster backer. Huckabee called the ad "a sleazy, bigoted and Christophobic attack." 

The Webster camp responded Monday with a statement from the candidate's wife, who called the ad "shameful."

"Dan has been an amazing husband and father, and the finest man I have ever known," Sandy Webster said in a statement. "Mr. Grayson should be ashamed of his nasty smears against my husband." 


NRSC jumps into W.Va. Senate race

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) jumped into West Virginia's special Senate election Friday, releasing an ad slamming Gov. Joe Manchin (D) for supporting "Barack Obama's big-government agenda."

Recent polling has shown a much closer race than had been expected to fill out the term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), with Republican businessman John Raese in a dead heat with Manchin, according to the latest numbers from Public Policy.

The NRSC ad echoes the message the largely self-funding Raese has already been hitting Manchin with on the airwaves.

"Manchin supported Obama's stimulus plan that wasted $800 billion, increased debt and unemployment got worse," the ad's narrator says. "Manchin supported the government takeover of healthcare that cuts Medicare and raises costs."

The 30-second spot ends with a shot of Manchin and a smiling President Obama.

The NRSC's investment is a sizable one — according to a party source, the committee is spending $1.2 million total over the next two weeks on the buy, including spending in the D.C. market. It shows the national party is convinced the state is firmly in play this fall.