Friday, October 27, 2006

Murphy Makes the Case, Johnson a Disgrace

As the congressional race in the fifth district begins to hit the home stretch, Chris Murphy has released a new ad that makes his final case to the voters. Murphy speaks directly into the camera about the need for change in Washington. The line of the ad comes when Murphy says of Johnson: "She's not a bad person, but she's become part of the problem."

While yours truly may take exception to the first half of Murphy's statement, its power is not lost on me.

While Murphy's ad seeks to have a serious conversation with the voters, Nancy Johnson's latest ad is a complete joke and another sign of desperation. Johnson sinks so low as to hire an actor to impersonate Murphy and then goes on to make outrageous lies about Murphy's record. According to Nancy, Murphy is not only a tax raising politician, but he also loves sex offenders and drug dealers. Oh yeah and don't forget he loves Al-Qaeda too.

Memo to Nancy...If you want to completely slander your opponent you should at least make attacks that are slightly believable. Nobody is buying this Nancy. Your increasing desperation is becoming quite laughable.

Let's leave it to Bob Englehart of the Hartford Courant to handle this:

Casting call, Nancy Johnson campaign. People are talking about re-election campaigns hitting a new low with Johnson's latest TV ad. Frankly, I think it's a new high ... in hubris and deceit.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not against negative ads.

It's a tradition of American elections and it goes back to the beginning of our democracy.

I think it's fair political game to attack an opponent's record, even to distort it for your own purposes, as long as there is some truth to it. I think it's fair to make your opponent look like the devil himself and to use his own true words and record against him. The operative word is "true."

And I like a good laugh. Johnson's ad would be funny if she didn't have the power to sign her name to a piece of paper and make your life miserable, expensive and extremely complicated, as she did for our senior citizens with that Medicare drug bill that was mostly written by the pharmaceutical companies.

Talk about being a friend of drug dealers. Nancy Johnson is their best pal.

But to hire an ACTOR to portray your opponent hanging with pushers? Wow, even Karl Rove never thought of this one. The possibilities are endless and disturbing.

I can only hope that the ad backfires and the good, rational people of the 5th District will respond by voting this fabricator out of office.

She should be ashamed of herself, but she's been in Washington for so long, I think she's forgotten how.


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