March 15, 2010

BUT THEN YOU KNEW THAT...:

Kirk ad spotlights 'Republican' (JONATHAN MARTIN, 3/15/10, Politico)

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is introducing himself to Illinois voters with a commercial for his Senate campaign that highlights his fiscal conservatism and naval service.

No surprise there.

But what is striking about Kirk's first spot in the Land of Lincoln's Senate contest is that he also uses another label for himself at the outset of the ad — "Republican."

To be exact, it's "independent-minded Republican," but that Kirk would openly tout his party label, even with a modifier, says much about what sort of election cycle the GOP believes 2010 is shaping up to be. There is no party registration in Illinois, but Republicans haven't won a federal race there since 1998 and they've suffered a string of double-digit losses in presidential contests.


...because even Scott Brown used Republican in his ads.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2010 10:15 AM
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