Meg Whitman’s relentless early summer attack ad campaign continues rumbling through our living rooms today with a new 30-second spot that fuses the notions of special interests, unions and a big, bad politician.
It comes on top of news that the Republican gubernatorial nominee, in a SurveyUSA poll, took the lead over Democratic candidate Jerry Brown, 46 percent to 39 percent. The SurveyUSA poll has detractors who say its methodology isn’t as exact or discriminating as others, such as the Field Poll, which had the two in a deadlock.
In the political ad, going up in TV markets statewide, the announcer asks “Who are these people?” attacking Whitman in an ad put out earlier by the California Working Families for Jerry Brown for Governor 2010.
“They’re the unions and special interests behind Jerry Brown,” the announcer intones. “They want Jerry Brown because he won’t rock the boat in Sacramento. He’ll be the same as he ever was.”
Roger Salazar, the spokesman for the Working Families PAC, said that voters might disagree with Whitman’s villainizing teachers, firefighters and cops, whose unions are backing the independent expenditure group’s own ad campaign.
“Clearly our messages are resonating with voters; otherwise Whitman wouldn’t respond by trying to bully the messenger,” he said. “It’s also clear with this new ad Meg Whitman to once again buy her way out of trouble.”
Whitman’s campaign continues a line of attack that was already debunked by the non-partisan group, Factcheck.org. It accuses Brown of imposing “high taxes”, being responsible for “lost jobs” and “big pensions for state employees” in his previous two terms as governor from 1975-83.
Here’s the ad, titled “Their Governor”:
Brown’s campaign manager, Steve Glazer pivoted off the ad to a few of Whitman’s own problems:
“Meg Whitman has refused to tell the truth about Jerry Brown from the very beginning,” Glazer wrote. “From lies about assaulting an employee at eBay to false claims about how long she’s lived in California to false statements about Jerry Brown, Whitman seems incabaple of telling the truth.”
Whitman’s ad, Glazer continued, offers no specifics or support for its claims. Under Brown, Glazer said, California saw taxes reduced by $16 billion, more than 1.9 million new jobs were created.
Brown proposed limits on pension benefits and vetoed pay increases to state employees, though the Legislature, including a bunch of Republicans, overrode the latter veto.
Here’s a detailed point-by-point refutation of Whitman’s charges, put out by Glazer.
And here’s the Whitman’s own “Their Governor Ad Facts” chart.
Meanwhile, the Brown campaign released a quick and dirty (edited for public view) memo by its pollster, Jim Moore, who said his own poll showed Brown up by 3 points, saying it essentially mirrored the Field Poll, though the level of support among Latinos was higher.