Living where we do – in a media market that serves Buffalo vs. Rochester, Corning, or Elmira – can sometimes be more of a blessing than a hinderance in this election season. While we are being bombarded with Tom Reynolds and Jack Davis Congressional television commercials, we are not being subjected to the nasty, negative commercials for our own district, (However, we are receiving the deceptive telephone calls and mailings.)
So why the distorted, negative advertising, and what are we missing?
… Carl Forti, with a similar budget to protect the GOP majority, was playing defense. His own polls showed a growing number of House Republicans in serious trouble. Forti, 34, had little choice but to buy ads to protect suddenly at-risk Reps. Charles Bass (N.H.) and John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr. (N.Y.).
How much are they spending? For 10/27/06, I found the following information:
NY District: 29 1 . NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE; OPPOSITION MASSA FOR CONGRESS; H NY 29; STRATEGIC MEDIA SERVICES; 10/27/2006; $176,626; 10/27/2006 Issue Ad Placement –> NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE sub-total for this state/dist: $176,626
What type of “help” is being provided? Well, here’s one example that again lies about Eric Massa’s stand on the issue of social security:
A controversial new political commercial puts seniors as the target of cross hairs. The ad is paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Our political expert Dr. Stephen Coleman sat down and watched the ad in our conference room. He called it political pornography.
“This shows the republican committee is desperate,” said Coleman. “They really are concerned that Randy Kuhl may loose the election and that’s why they are resorting to this trash. It’s un-American.”
Sorry, but I’m not going to link the ad. I won’t be part of promoting this. We’ve been spared so far, and I won’t be the one to bring this act of desperation to you.
The NRCC is also phone banking on behalf of Rep. Kuhl. I’ve received two telephone calls in the past few days from the NRCC which is also distorting and lying about Eric Massa’s positions on a number of issues.
When I was young, there was a well-known saying that went, “Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat”. I guess that old, sage piece of advice went out of style a long time ago. Looks like the new way is, “Win at all costs, no matter what”. And who will be the losers of this strategy? The voters, that’s who….