Conservatives Dive Into Massachussetts Senate Race
The American Future Fund has purchased $400,000 worth of time to air this ad in Massachusetts — a straightforward (if misleading)* attack on Democratic candidate Martha Coakley for opposing tax cuts and spending cuts. Republican candidate Scott Brown, who had been running an under-the-radar campaign until this week, has condemned the ad. One reason to suspect that he might really want it off the air: the record of third-party conservative groups getting involved this cycle is pretty rotten. In the NY-20 and NY-23 special elections last year, conservative PACs barreled into moderate districts and ran negative ads that, according to Republicans, hurt more than they helped. Up to now, the only ads Massachusetts voters have seen for Brown have been positive.
*It’s based on Coakley’s comment that to shrink the deficit “we need to get people back to work, we need to get taxes up,” which she has explained — pretty convincingly — as a reference to the increased revenue that will come when more people are working. There’s an interesting argument to be had over whether “across the board tax cuts” would actually increase revenue when people, in the economic downtown, are dropping off the tax rolls.