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October 25, 2008

Harris's ads crack the Top 10 list -- for worst in nation

We've written before about the deceptive ads being used by state Sen. Andy Harris in his race for Congress.

You remember: the ones where Harris recycled film clips of supposedly real "people on the street" criticizing incumbent Rep. Wayne Gilchrest AND Democrat Frank Kratovil as being too liberal? It's pretty clear that the "real people" were talking about Gilchrest, and then re-used in the ad attacking Kratovil.

Well, those spots have garnered even more attention.

The Politico web site has compiled a list of the ten worst campaign ads this election cycle, taking nominations from political operatives who have been paying attention.

"We weren’t looking for ads that were unfair, fact-flouting, insensitive or commercials that otherwise injured our civil society," the Politico writers said. "We asked for those that were poorly executed, dopey, misguided or just plain weird."

Coming in at No. 7 (although Politico says the list is in no particular order) is the Harris ad now being dubbed "Recycler."

"This one makes it on sheer laziness," Politico says. "We can accept the occasional campaign volunteer serving as the “man on the street” for his or her candidate. But Harris took it to a new level – recycling the same exact people — and using the same exact footage — to attack both his primary opponent Rep. Wayne Gilchrest and his general election opponent, Frank Kratovil."

Surprisingly, both campaigns are happy with the list. Harris officials like all attention they can get, especially opportunities to link Kratovil with the word "liberal." Kratovil folks are driving home the message that Harris is irresponsible and deceptive.

Posted by David Nitkin at 11:09 AM | | Comments (2)
        

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If it works - then it really doesn't matter, does it?

"If it works - then it really doesn't matter, does it?"

Ah, that's the spirit. Kind of along the same lines as "Why bother with the truth when a good lie will work so much better"

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