Republican US Senate nominee Linda McMahon didn’t even take a breath after winning the GOP primary before attacking opponent Democrat Dick Blumenthal. Actually, it’s more accurate to say she never stopped attacking him.
There is negative advertising that can truthful, misleading or flat-out untrue. McMahon’s ad about Blumenthal and PAC (political action committee) contributions falls into the third category.
The ad uses Blumenthal’s own image (or voice) saying he never took PAC or special interest money. It then basically accuses him of lying, pointing out that he has taken substantial contributions from PAC in his bid for the US Senate. The problem is, when Blumenthal said he has always rejected special interest money, he was talking about his races for attorney general. He has been very clear that the race for US Senate is a different ballgame; particularly when McMahon has made it a point to say she will spend $50 million of her own wrestling money to beat Blumenthal.
Now while it’s not smart to demonize a source of campaign contributions (PACs) when you plan on accepting them, it’s simply not true, as McMahon’s campaign accuses, that Blumenthal pledged not to accept them in this race.