Last week, I reported on the targeting of Congressman Tim Griffin by the DCCC, including an ad buy and a website focused on turning out protesters to his town halls. Turns out the ad buy was around $750 of radio, and so far, the protesters have not shown up at his town halls. Frustrated by this, the liberal blogs instead have tried to make a story about handouts that Griffin distributed at his town halls regarding protesters.
It’s funny really. First, they accused him of keeping the town halls secret. When that turned out not to be the case, they accused him of keeping them civil.
Anyway, according to a press release this morning, the Democratic Super PAC – House Majority PAC – is planning a large ad buy on Griffin. I have not seen the ad yet, but it will likely be posted to their YouTube channel here eventually. Roll Call has an article on the PAC here. The PAC was formed largely to combat the ads from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, which ran ads targeting Congressman Mike Ross the week before he announced he was not running for re-election.
They claim the ad buy is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but this raises the question: Do the Democrats even have an opponent to run against Griffin yet? If they are spending this much money, perhaps Halter has given them a reason to believe he might run after all.
Griffin’s campaign already responded, posting on thier official twitter account – "Help Tim fight the attack from @NancyPelosi’s Dem Super PAC friends! Please give at http://bit.ly/giveTG."
UPDATE - Sources familar with the ad buy tell me the placement is around $36k of cable only, no broadcast. Contrast this to the $128k spent by Crossroads on both broadcast and cable and this is a much smaller buy. It appears most of the ad buy will be focused on Rep. Scott Tipton of Colorado.
Here is the ad below. It is a cookie cuter ad. Nothing new. Hits him for voting for Cut, Cap, and Balance, the Ryan Plan, and a measure to reduce spending to 2008 levels. The votes referrenced were supported by almost every House Republican.