While much attention has focused on attack ads aired by the new, well-funded 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) groups in this election, other big independent organizations such as the Club for Growth and its political action committee have also been busy.
The conservative Club for Growth PAC just released a new ad blasting second-term Arizona Democratic Rep. Harry Mitchell as a big spender and bank bailout supporter. The ad, titled “Enough,” begins with a male narrator asking “What’s happened to Harry Mitchell?” With images of file folders on the screen, the narrator says that “Mitchell voted for record spending and national debt, voted for big-government healthcare, voted to use our tax money to bail out Wall Street banks and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”
The 30-second spot concludes with the tagline, “Harry Mitchell: He’s already been in Washington too long.”
The Club for Growth’s own president, Chris Chocola, knows a thing or two about staying too long in Washington. He served two terms in the U.S. House as an Indiana Republican before losing in 2006 to Democrat Joe Donnelly.
The ad will air on cable television stations in Arizona’s 5th district through election day. The group targeted Mitchell, a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition, because he “talks a great deal about fiscal discipline and economic conservatism” but his voting record doesn’t match what he says, the Club for Growth’s communications director Mike Connolly told You Report: Election 2010.
The Mitchell for Congress campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Ad Title: “Enough”
Paid for By: Club for Growth PAC
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