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Mack first ad up—and it’s got monkeys
Posted Apr 11, 2012 by William March
Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Rep. Connie Mack IV, seeking the GOP nomination against Sen. Bill Nelson, has his first television ad up, attacking Nelson over backing the economic stimulus legislation.
You can see the ad here.
It opens with a shot of Nelson saying, “Overall it’s a pretty good stimulus,” while a narrator says, “When Bill Nelson voted for the stimulus,
he voted for millions in wasteful spending, including spending our tax dollars to see how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine.”
The ad then shows several seconds of monkeys in funny poses, and a figure of $144,541 spent on the cocaine study. The narrator closes, “Hey Bill Nelson, stop monkeying around with our tax dollars.”
Mack campaign spokesman David James said the ad will run statewide on cable and broadcast, including in Tampa, but didn’t say how much the campaign is spending. With $1.3 million in his campaign account as of the end of March, however, a statewide saturation campaign isn’t likely—that would most more than $1 million a week. The campaign released the ad as part of a message to supporters seeking donations to help air it.
Anna Nix of the campaign of George LeMieux, Mack’s opponent in the GOP primary, responded to the ad by pointing to news coverage of Mack’s former support for federal earmarks and former items on his web site about his pride in “bringing home the federal bacon.”
The Florida Democratic Party’s response: “This ad is as childish as Congressman Connie Mack’s campaign. ... If this is the best they’ve got, they are in real trouble.”