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Americans United for Change and AFSCME have a new ad on the air to hold Congressman Rehberg to account for his recent irresponsible votes to preserve the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%. The ad running heavily on the local broadcast stations in Billings, Butte, and Missoula on August 6 and 7.
Tom McMahon, Executive Director, of Americans United for Change had some strong words for Rehberg:
“Congressman Rehberg is clearly willing to protect tax breaks for the richest 2% and big oil companies at any cost, even if means hiking taxes on Montana families. If tax cuts for the rich were really the key to economic growth, how does Rep. Rehberg explain why President Bush’s millionaire tax breaks resulted in the worst presidential jobs record in recorded history? While the Bush tax cuts for the rich certainly failed to create jobs, they were all too successful at running up the national debt. For Rep. Rehberg to insist on doing the same irresponsible thing and handing millionaires another $150,000 check they don’t need and we can’t afford and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. It is past time to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%, so that the rich start to pay their fair share. If we don’t, we won’t be able to protect middle-class priorities like education and Medicare from deep cutbacks. Of course, Congressman Rehberg already tried to go down that road, voting to for the so-called “cut, cap, and balance” plan that would mean severe cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits for Montana seniors. The Congressman need to get his priorities straightened out.”
The Montana Republican Party is always ranting about the supposed fraud they claim is being perpetrated in Montana elections. The unfounded belief that our elections are being stolen by fraudulent voters is now an essential piece of right-wing orthodoxy–even though these folks are never able to produce any evidence to back up their claims.
According to one attendee of the recent GOP state convention, those looking for evidence of election shenanigans need search no more.
That person has posted a Youtube video that appears to be an audience member recording of the election process from the GOP State convention. S/he says the video is evidence of how insiders in the “Old Guard” GOP “manipulated” the party leadership election. The notes on the video say this was done to make sure delegates for Ron Paul were blocked from attending the National Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida.
You can take a look at the video here and draw your own conclusions:
The Montana Hunters and Anglers have a new ad up this week. The ad says “with Dennis Rehberg in Washington it’s open season on Montana.”
In the Lee Newspapers report on the ad, Rehberg tried to run from key provisions of his bill, H.R. 1505, which would hand over control of Montana land within 100 miles of the Canadian border to the Department of Homeland Security.
A Rehberg staffer tried to claim that Rehberg had added language to the bill to make sure that the Department couldn’t restrict hunting. However, the bill specifically provides the authority to Homeland Security to close roads–which would obviously allow them to block hunters and anglers from Montana public lands.
This week’s worst political ad is brought to us by none other than the Neil Livingstone for Governor campaign.
It starts with Neil Livingstone posing near a horse corral with “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” whistling to the TEA Party in the background. Livingstone doesn’t introduce himself, even though no one has even heard of him in Montana. Instead, Neil gives us his most important policy proposal: “introducing grey wolves into New York’s Central Park.”
After beginning with such a serious and credible opener, the ad then shifts. Livingstone pops up into the opium-den like gloominess of a Ben Quayle ad from 2010. Quayle’s was widely mocked as one of the year’s worst. Strangely, Livingstone has also chosen to portray himself in the second half of the ad with only one arm.
Livingstone says he wants to push back against the federal government–with a creepy over emphasis on a pushback that is “HARD.”
While Quayle’s ad says he wants to go to Washington to “kick the Hell out of the place,” Livingstone simply says he wants to “tell the Feds to go to hell.” Here’s the ad:
Helena legislative candidate Jenny Eck has a campaign ad on air. Eck is the Democratic candidate for House District 82, which includes much of Helena’s west side. The seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Menahan (D), who is not running for re-election. It’s worth noting with all the web-only video we’ve seen this cycle that the ad is actually on broadcast and cable stations. Here it is:
The Billings Gazette is reporting today that Kim Gillan is the first Democratic candidate for Congress to have an ad on the air. The ad takes aim at our GOP-controlled Congress’ infamous inability to accomplish…anything. Other candidates have created ads, but none have yet had the resources to air them. Here’s the ad: