The Club for Growth has introduced a new ad for Hoffman today with the same old tired message and the Scozzafava campaign workers are crazy running around dropping press releases (below) responding to the ad.
“Dishonest Doug is probably demoralized by today’s poll numbers, which show he’s totally unelectable. Still, that’s no excuse for Dishonest Doug and his special interest supporters to distort Dede’s record of principled leadership. Someone should probably let Dishonest Doug know that perpetuating lies with $250,000 in special interest money won’t make them true. Voters of the 23rd Congressional District, where Dishonest Doug doesn’t even live, are already rejecting his negative campaign.”
Claim: Narrator: “In Albany, Scozzafava voted for bank bailouts and last year’s huge Paterson tax-and-spend budget.”
Text on screen: “Scozzafava Backs Paterson Budget”
Facts: David Paterson did not become Governor until March 17, 2008. The 2008-2009 Executive Budget the Club For Growth cites in its advertisement was introduced by then-Governor Spitzer on January 22, 2008. It was NOT David Paterson’s budget. The only budget David Paterson introduced was this year’s, which Dede voted against – in its entirety. The ad is false.
Who the heck cares which Governor introduced what budget? They missed the whole point! Let Hoffman crash and burn on his own, it will happen if you quit reacting and providing their campaign credence. Today's Siena poll found 71% of the people in the district do not even know Hoffman, yet this ad released today does not even mention him. His campaign does not have a message other than I am not Dede. IGNORE THEM.
Get on message folks, define your candidate, start taking some stances on issues and make your opponents react; tell people they she will not support the current direction the federal government is moving, tell people she does not support any more bailouts, buyouts or government control of private sector business, craft a health care position, on and on.
Get some marketing out on the internet, TV, radio, direct mail, etc that carries a message, just get with it!