The Republican Governors Association is airing its first television ad of the Florida race, accusing Democrat Alex Sink of profiting on the backs of laid-off workers when she was a banking executive. Sink has said the layoffs were not her decision. The group also put up a web site with a catchy title.
The ad aims to exploit the class warfare sentiments of the tea party movement. Seeking details on the breadth and frequency of the commercial, which you can watch here.
UPDATE: RGA spokesman Tim Murtaugh says the media buy is statewide on broadcast and cable, "six-figures" and "significant.'' It's the group's first ad of 2010, in which 37 states will host governor's races. "Florida is very important to us,'' Murtaugh said. "People will notice this ad.''
The Sink campaign responded: Bill McCollum and his Washington allies proved today just how desperate they are to distract from McCollum's status as a Washington politician and special interest lobbyist by launching a misleading, negative attack a full eight months before the 2010 election. McCollum is desperate to hide the fact that while Alex Sink spent decades helping to support Florida's families and businesses, Congressman McCollum was playing a leading role in creating today's economic crisis. "The decision by Bill McCollum to bring his Washington style of politics to Florida and launch misleading, negative attack ads eight months before the election shows just how scared he is that voters clearly want a business leader with a vision for growing Florida's economy over a career Washington politician who helped create today's economic mess," said Sink Campaign Manager Paul Dunn. "With his decades in Congress and as a special interest lobbyist, career politician Bill McCollum is desperate to avoid being held accountable for his leading role in helping start today's economic crisis that has left over a million Floridians out of work, bankrupt, or forced out of their homes."