So U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R. AZ) was busted doing this:
Sen. Martha McSally has a new campaign ad featuring a cancer survivor who talks about how her “path collided” with McSally, whom she describes as a champion for protecting those with pre-existing medical conditions.
The emotional television ad, which started Thursday, doesn’t disclose that the woman worked for McSally’s congressional office and as a campaign staffer over the years or that in 2014 she helped defend McSally's attackson the Affordable Care Act and roll its coverage protections back.
In the ad, Kristen Douglas talks about her severe health issues during her late 20s. After a year of testing, doctors found a mass in her brain and, with medical bills mounting, she said she got a letter from her insurance company dropping her.
She urges people to vote for Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., whom she assures will protect those with pre-existing conditions.
What the ad doesn't say is that the speaker, Whitney Lawrence, is the former statewide field director for former Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., before he abandoned his re-election bid in October 2017.
It's also the second health care ad in four months from McSally's campaign that involves a testimonial from a former GOP political operative, though viewers wouldn't know it from the ads alone.
Dan Desai Martin at The American Independent points out that U.S. Senator David Perdue (R. GA) is doing the exact same thing:
After Perdue spoke directly to the camera about the need to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, Janelle King, a woman identified only as a resident of Sandy Springs, Georgia, praised Perdue.
“We need this done. And if anyone can do it, it's Sen. Perdue,” King said. “What a difference he's making for us.”
At no time did the ad disclose that King previously worked as the deputy state and data director of the Georgia Republican Party, a field director for former Rep. Karen Handel's campaign, and as a consultant for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's 2018 campaign, according to her LinkedIn page.
It’s pretty pathetic when you can’t find actual constituents to defend your record in your ads. By the way, you know you’re running in a tough election when you release a bull shit op-ed like this:
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 54% of Black fourth grade boys in our country cannot read at a basic level. This means they are four times more likely to drop out of school than students who read proficiently. If they do drop out, they are much more likely to be unemployed or end up in the penal system.
That is totally unacceptable and must be fixed. Neither Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society nor the U.S. Department of Education has completely solved this problem.
While this will take some time to correct, there is another crisis in higher education where we are losing young Black men that can be solved right now.
Perdue never gave a shit black children in Georgia and his call to do something about it is bull shit. He’s been another GOP obstructionist who’s done everything to block progress over and over again. Luckily, this doofus is in a tight toss up race against Jon Ossoff (D. GA) and if we can flip seat we can win the Senate:
The Senate landscape has never looked great for Republicans this year, since they are defending 23 seats (including two occupied by appointed senators filling vacancies) while Democrats are defending a mere 12. But with a three-seat margin in the Senate currently, and a strong upper hand in one state (Alabama) with a Democratic incumbent who won a weird 2017 special election, Republicans went into the cycle favored to hang on to the upper chamber, with all but a couple of vulnerable seats being in states won by Trump in 2016.
That’s all changed. According to Cook’s analysis, there are 11 competitive Senate races (those rated as toss-ups or leaning one way or the other). Nine have Republicans playing defense. If the “lean” races go the way they are leaning (two toward Democrats, three toward Republicans) and the six toss-up races split down the middle, Democrats would have the net gain of three seats they need for control (assuming Biden defeats Trump, which is presently a very good bet). And that’s assuming that the pro-Democratic trend we’ve been seeing this spring and summer abates. Before predicting a Democratic takeover, Cook made five ratings changes, all reflecting Democratic gains. Arizona Republican Martha McSally’s race against Democrat Mark Kelly was moved from a toss-up to Lean Democratic. Two other races, in Iowa (where Democrat Theresa Greenfield is challenging incumbent Joni Ernst) and Georgia (where Democrat Jon Ossoff is challenging incumbent David Perdue), were moved from Lean Republican to toss-ups.
If these trends continue, you could see more races slide over into the competitive categories, and more slide away from the GOP. Even in states where they are underdogs, Democratic Senate candidates are raising a lot of money. And if Donald Trump continues to flounder in his handling of his job and in his own reelection campaign, it could further depress down-ballot GOP prospects.
Let’s go big to flip Georgia Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Ossoff, Rev. Raphael Warnock, Joe Biden and their fellow Georgia Democrats campaigns:
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