If you watch much television in Montana, you know that the ad wars are heating up between the campaigns for Senator Jon Tester and his challenger, Congressman Denny Rehberg, and the groups that support them. We’re not even into September yet where we’ll see the bulk of the campaign ads begin. Montana is not a battleground state so we may not see many Obama/Romney ads this fall – but we”ll see hundreds of other ads!
Today I take a look at a new ad that I found interesting, and I also take one more look (at least) at the debate between Tester and Rehberg over cancer funding. I also tell you who is winning that battle. Enjoy.
Who do you think you are?
The Montana Hunters and Anglers Leadership Fund posted a 30 second ad on July 19 about a bill (H.R. 1505) sponsored by Congressman Denny Rehberg that they claim gives Homeland Security unprecedented access to Montana land. You can watch the ad HERE.
The ad shows some beautiful scenery (mountains and a lake) with a family (and their dog) camping. The nice lady says, “I don’t like the idea of Homeland Security spying on my family” and “It’s creepy.” Between the beautiful camera shots of the family having a fun outing are things they claim H.R. 1505 does like, “Gives Homeland Security control over millions of acres of Montana land” and allows “surveillance cameras, build fences, restrict access”
What caught my attention was the sentence in the ad that may be (so far) the best line of the 2012 campaign season. The nice lady says (in a snotty way), “Congressman Rehberg, who do you think you are?”
That’s something most folks don’t normally say to Senators or Representatives – and it’s funny.
Like I’ve said before, Homeland Security does not scare me, or the TSA, the Patriot Act, drones, or even unions. My bunker is prepared…
Cancer Ad Wars
KRTV (CBS) in Great Falls aired a pretty decent spot about the ongoing battle between Congressman Denny Rehberg and Senator Jon Tester over cancer funding. You can read it HERE and make your own decisions about who is correct.
One thing that stood out to me is that when Erik Iverson (current Rehberg Campaign Manager) comes out to speak for Rehberg, you can bet things are getting pretty serious. It seems to me that Iverson subs for the regular Rehberg spokespersons (Campaign and House staff) when things get pretty treacherous (cancer ads, boat accident, etc.) so this battle between Tester and Rehberg over cancer funding is a big issue to the Rehberg cartel. The Rehberg cartel is winning this little battle so far…
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