The NRCC dips into the vault for a new ad released today in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, using video of Bright on the 2008 campaign trail.
At one point, the Parlor had an embedded YouTube video of a larger piece of the speech (which has since been removed from YouTube). In it Bright said (as seen above) in answer to the question that he supported Obama (then a candidate, not a president), and also added that he would support McCain if McCain were elected president.
Though the YouTube video is no longer available you can see from the Parlor commenters who had seen it that some readers thought the larger context was important and others thought it irrelevant.
Even (or especially) in the larger context we see again Bright in the delicate dance of a Democrat in a right-leaning district. Bright is challenged this fall by Republican Martha Roby.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has released 29 ads across the country over the weekend. Among them is this one for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District where Republican Martha Roby is challenging Democratic incumbent Bobby Bright.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has released a new ad in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District targeting Democratic incumbent Bobby Bright. This is one of 20 spots released by the NRCC this weekend.
GOP nominee Martha Roby is challenging Bright in the November election.
Here is the ad that the NRCC will be airing in the 2nd Congressional District this week as part of its ad blitz in the districts of 11 Congressional Democrats. Freshman incumbent Bobby Bright faces a challenge there from Republican Martha Roby.
I confess that I expected the ad to be a bit more personalized toward Bright and the AL-02 district. On the other hand, if the message is a winning one, it may need no tweaking.
The National Republican Congressional Committee will launch “a major television ad blitz” next week in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District and ten other districts across the country.
Democratic freshman Bobby Bright faces a challenge from Republican Martha Roby for the seat.
We haven’t yet seen the ad targeting AL-02, but the NRCC has released one ad (meant for Kentucky’s 6th CD) as an example of the kinds of ads that will be targeting the eleven districts next week. No surprises here. (“Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi…”)
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) rolled out an ad last week targeting US Rep. Bobby Bright “on his disingenuous stance on Obamacare.”
The committee released a statement which reads in part:
While Bobby Bright voted against Obamacare twice, it is now apparent that he might indeed support the reckless healthcare takeover after all. His reluctance to support a repeal of the job-killing, tax-hiking legislation is a clear indication that Bright has been opposed to his party’s healthcare takeover in name only.
Factcheck.org calls the ad “a false hit” and adds that while the quote used in the ad was accurate, it “left the door open to supporting a repeal motion in the future, should a serious effort ever materialize.”
NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions wrote in an op-ed today that while the health care bill won’t be “the lone horse that Republicans will ride to the majority in November,” Democratic members of Congress should be held responsible for “their party’s disastrous policies,” apparently no matter how they voted:
Continue reading “Bright in Sights of NRCC”
Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby is one of 10 “highly touted [Congressional] challenger candidates” to reach the top level of the national Republicans’ “Young Gun” program. NRCC Recruitment Chairman Kevin McCarthy said promotion to the top level was based on factors such as “polling data, strong fundraising and even outstanding numbers of Facebook friends.” Roby is challenging for the Republican nomination in AL-02.
Maybe she should get a truck. Politico seems to think it helped Democratic incumbent Bobby Bright.
Republican businessman Rick Barber has also announced his candidacy for the seat.
The NRCC goes after Congressman Bobby Bright (D – Montgomery) with a radio ad airing this week in Montgomery and Dothan, saying that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is what’s wrong with this country, and that “Bobby Bright is sticking with Pelosi.”
Click here to hear the ad streaming through your intertubes or download it to your computer with a right-click here and select ‘save as…’
Sebastian Kitchen has a write-up in the Montgomery Advertiser today:
Bright, in a statement, said he is known as one of the most independent members of Congress. Some other publications have shown Bright, when some routine and housekeeping measures are tossed out, voting with his party about 52 percent of the time.
Congressional Quarterly named Bright the second most independent member of Congress, acknowledging he voted against his party on most of the major issues including the stimulus, children’s health insurance, and cap and trade, a bill intended to curb carbon emissions.
“I have opposed my party on the stimulus, cap and trade, and the health care bills in Congress because I did not think they were good for my district,” he said.
An analysis by The Hill earlier this summer shows that Bright voted with Republicans on 13 of 15 major issues.
You may remember that the NRCC played up the Pelosi connection in robocalls to his district three months ago.
There is an obvious list of winners and losers from last night. Beyond those, let’s consider others…
Who had a good night?
- U.S. Rep. Artur Davis – Wins a hotline into the White House to his friend Obama and has to be pleased about recruiting winners to run in the 2nd and 5th Congressional District.
- Republican Control of the Courts – After Sue Bell Cobb’s victory, business conservatives vowed to not let it happen again. Shaw’s campaign wasn’t pretty and Dems can claim a moral victory that that Pasuer ran ten points ahead of Obama. But at the end of the day the business conservatives got what they wanted. Republicans also continued their undefeated six year streak on the Criminal and Civil Appellate Courts.
- Josh Segall – From nowhere to 3 points short of upsetting a sitting Congressman, Segall ran a hard-charging campaign and has positioned himself for future runs.
- Harri Anne Smith – Smith’s tough year would have gotten worse if the man she crossed the aisle to endorse had lost. Instead Bobby Bright wins by only ~1700 votes. As the saying goes, “If you can’t be king, be kingmaker.” (Hers was not a passive endorsement, for example, the Parlor hears that Republicans on her email list received email from her asking them to support Bright.) Bright’s victory gives her a close relationship with her district’s sitting Congressman and perhaps she emerges as the GOP gatekeeper for him. Some GOP’ers have plenty of hard feelings for her, but with the Dems in the state Senate looking for one more vote in their caucus for a filibuster-proof majority, can the GOP alienate her? The point is not that Smith is in great shape all things considered; the point is that she is in better shape after last night than she was before.
- Joe Turnham – Some Dems had grumbled about the state Dem chair, but Democrats winning two competitive Congressional races (in a Presidential year, no less) will quieten any talk of a coup.
- Bob Riley – The Amendment One vote flew largely under the radar, but Riley had to breathe a sigh of relief to see the passage of this amendment he very much supported. Had it failed, significant cuts would have been necessary and Riley’s sky high ratings could have taken a Siegelmanesque dive in the wake of harsh proration.
- The DCCC – The national Democrats invested over two million dollars between the 2nd and 5th District and pulled out wins in nationally targeted races. The DCCC faced down both the NRCC and the conservative Freedom’s Watch and won head to head on Republican turf. While Josh Segall partisans may grumble that the DCCC could have made the difference in the 3rd District, the DCCC has done a lot to exorcise some of the demons from their allegedly unjustified (although there are some Dems who don’t fault the DCCC for this) pull out in 2002 that many believe cost Joe Turnham the AL-03 race.
- Beth Chapman – Given the spike in turnout and energy, chaos abounded in a few states yesterday. But Chapman oversaw a relatively smooth Election Day and continues to restore some tranquility to an office that saw its share of turmoil previously.
- Jefferson County Democrats – The Jefferson County Dems won every race in the county except against Sessions (who won 50.7%). The JeffCo GOP is unlikely to be a factor in future statewide races.
Who had a bad night?
- Bob Riley’s Coattails – Largely MIA again. The state’s most popular politician cannot transfer that popularity to other Republicans. The three candidates most closely tied to Riley all lost: Jay Love, Twinkle Cavanaugh and Wayne Parker.
Update: A reader posits that Greg Shaw is more closely tied to Riley than Wayne Parker, and Shaw won his Supreme Court race (barring an unexpected successful challenge from Paseur). While there was apparently no endorsement by Riley for Shaw like there was for Parker, I am told that Riley did record robocalls on Shaw’s behalf. And that he did robocalls for Reed Ingram’s successful campaign for the Montgomery County Commission.
- Artur Davis’ Gubernatorial Hopes – Davis has been running a “pre-primary race” to convince Alabamians he can win if and when he gets into the actual race. His “pre-primary race” got a little harder after Obama’s winning campaign did worse in Alabama (39%, 13 points less than his national average) than Kerry’s losing campaign did in 2004 (38% and 10 points behind his national average).
- State GOP Chair Mike Hubbard – On the bad night list not because of the party’s performance but because the two high-profile Congressional losses means he faces more saber-rattling from the already existing anti-Hubbard faction of the GOP. A signature win under his leadership would go a long way.
- The James Gang – Father Fob and Son Tim were hoping to ride anti-Amendment One momentum to the starting line of the GOP gubernatorial primary. But instead Amendment One passed and the grassroots conservative energy didn’t develop, perhaps showing a waning of the anti-establishment GOP wing’s salad days of Roy Moore / Tom Parker / and the ’03 Riley tax package.
Let’s clear out some bits that have stacked up this week while I have been otherwise busy…
- CQ Politics moved the AL-02 race between Democrat Bobby Bright and Republican Jay Love from “Leans Republican” to “No Clear Winner.”
- The Rothenberg Political Report also moved the race to “pure toss up.”
- Gov. Bob Riley came to Huntsville this week to endorse Wayne Parker in his AL-05 race against Democrat Parker Griffith. No doubt this is a good thing, though Alabama politicos will tell you that the next Riley-endorsed candidate to win an election may be the first.
- According to a release from the NRCC, Fox News has noted that the NRCC is unhappy about WAAY pulling its ad: Fox News Channel’s Mike Emanuel says, “Well the NRCC that sponsored the ad calls the action of pulling the ad ‘obscene’ and claims the TV station is covering for the Democrat in the race by refusing to run an ad the other three TV stations in Huntsville are airing.”
More to come…
According to a release from the Parker Griffith campaign, television station WAAY, Huntsville’s ABC affiliate, has pulled down ads from both the NRCC and Freedom’s Watch for being misleading.
Here is the full text of the release:
Continue reading “Huntsville TV Station Pulls 2 Anti-Griffith Ads”
Freedom’s Watch has a new ad just out in AL-05 that hits the same theme as the new one from the NRCC.
The Freedom’s Watch ad strikes me as being the more effective of the two though the NRCC gets extra credit for leaving a little more of the original quote in there.
If Griffith is going to be hit hard on this, won’t he have to address this head-on in an attempt to keep from getting swamped by it?
Haven’t you been wondering when this one was coming?
The NRCC has a new campaign spot for the 2nd Congressional District race between Republican Jay Love and Democrat Bobby Bright. You can see it here in Quicktime format (.mp4).
Something about this particular picture makes me think of Robert DeNiro.
Thanks to a reader who alerted me to this ad that the NRCC has been running in AL-02. Republican Jay Love is competing against Democrat Bobby Bright for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Terry Everett.