Americans for Prosperity this morning began a $100,000 independent TV ad buy directed against 7th District Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre.
The new TV ad ties McIntyre to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and says the $787 billion stimulus bill has been a bust.
“They promised it would kick start the economy,” says the announcer. “It didn't. They promised it would lower unemployment. But we've lost 4 million more jobs.”
The ad asks what taxpayers have got in return from the Obama-Pelosi “stimulus boondoggle” that McIntyre voted for besides “bigger government. trillions in debt. millions in lost jobs.”
Americans for Prosperity is a national conservative organization, that is running a Novmber is Coming initiative to elect conservatives to office. Raleigh business executive Art Pope is one of four national directors of the group.
A long time political associate of Pope, former state Republican Party chairman Jack Hawke, is a key strategist for the campaign of McIntyre's opponent, Republican Ilario Pantano
Pantano's campaign announced Friday that it has raised $850,000 since entering the race in January including $464,000 in the last quarter.
But the question is whether Pantano's campaign has peaked too early. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee recently released a poll showing McIntyre building on his lead.
And the word on the street is that the Pantano campaign has been worried enough that it has been shopping around for a new media consultant for the final weeks of the campaign.