This crisis ain't solved. It's just beginning.
The ad wars in the Harris-Kratovil congressional race are growing more intense.
Republican state Sen. Andy Harris launched an ad on Wednesday that takes Frank Kratovil to task for a statement he sort of made last week after Congress passed a $700 billion bail-out plan.
But the problem is that the quote attributed to Kratovil, which is the basis for the ad, was not only incomplete and out of context, but has been corrected on the Web site of the newspaper that originally published it.
During a campaign appearance on the Eastern Shore last week with Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Kratovil, the Democratic state's attorney from Queen Anne's County, addressed a question about the $700 billion bail-out plan just approved by Congress. The Daily Times of Salisbury at first quoted Kratovil as saying "We solved the crisis."
That's not exactly what Kratovil said, and he raised a concern about the quote. The event had been recorded by Mikulksi's staff. The audio was transcribed, and the full quote was shipped to the newspaper, which has updated its online story.
The full quote now reads "The bigger issue is, what do we do now. As I mentioned in my talk, in this country we often times deal with a crisis, we solve a crisis but we don't always deal with the long term issues that led to the crisis."
But the Harris campaign likes the original, incorrect quote -- "We solved the crisis" -- better. The new commercial uses spooky music and repeated references to the quote to call Kratovil "clueless," "liberal," and "very wrong."
Kratovil is hopping mad about the Harris ad. His campaign calls it "garbage," and charges Harris with engaging in a "campaign of dishonesty."
Things are getting nasty in the contest for the 1st District. And there's still more than two weeks to go.