Tuesday, March 11, 2014
It's no secret that national Democrats aren't doing much to help Cynthia Dill, the Democratic candidate running for the U.S. Senate.
Nonetheless, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has spent significantly on ads slamming Republican Charlie Summers. The most recent one is posted above (advance apologies for the poor sound and unsteady hand; the DSCC isn't making its ads available to the media, so I shot this one with my iPhone).
National Republicans and Summers' spokesman, Drew Brandewie, are complaining that the ad not so subtly promotes independent candidate Angus King. King isn't mentioned in the ad, however, the female narrator mentions "independence" twice during the opening sequence.
She says, "In Maine we've got an independent streak, young or not so young. Medicare and Social Security protect that independence. Charlie Summers threatens that."
The narrator goes on to say that Summers will cut Medicare, drop preventative coverage and force seniors to pay thousands more for health care coverage. But those claims are not what Republicans are upset about, it's the word "independence," which they argue, is code for King.
Brian Walsh, the spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, took to Twitter to rip the ad:
If any DC reporters wondering why the @dscc isn't posting their Maine Senate ads online its because they stress need for an "Independent."— Brian Walsh (@brianjameswalsh) October 21, 2012
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.