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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Americans United for Change to Air Ads Against Dean Heller

Patrick O'Connor at the Politico reports that Americans United for Change are to start a new ad campaign next Tuesday against 6 vulnerable House Republicans.

Among them: our very own Dean Heller!

The ads are a response to Heller's Iraq war votes. O'Connor writes about Heller and the other targeted Republicans: "Each could face a difficult reelection challenge if the war persists." Yeah, no kidding. More:

The ads come at a critical time in the showdown between Bush and congressional Democrats over the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. The first ads will air Tuesday, a day before Democratic leaders are scheduled to meet Bush at the White House.


Next week’s ad campaign is expected to be sizable, if not overwhelming, according to the same source. The group is expected to spend “several hundred” thousand dollars on the ads, running approximately 500 gross ratings point in each market.

Sounds like this will be the opening call to see to it that Heller won't be re-elected in 2008. What can television viewers in Northern Nevada expect? Well, here's the script for the ad against New Mexico's Heather Wilson:

[T]he ad begins with the president's now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech from the deck of an aircraft carrier when he declared, “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”

His speech is followed by a montage of chaos on the ground in Iraq, including footage of Humvee hitting a roadside bomb.

Wilson is then shown appearing with Bush as the announcer says, “Heather Wilson is still voting with the president on Iraq” followed by a reference to her vote against the supplemental spending bill to fund the war.

“Tell Heather Wilson, after four years, it’s time to end the war,” the ad concludes.

The ad against Heller will likely be similar. A couple of weeks ago Americans United for Change started their first campaign against 3 incumbent Senators. Watch the one against New Hampshire Sen. Sununu:

Now it's upon Nevada Democrats and new Chair Jill Derby (Heller's '06 opponent) to find a suitable and credible challenger for Heller, assuming that Jill Derby herself will not run again.

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