Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Behind the Ad: Sen. Ayotte on background checks - Round II

By Richard K. Barry

Who: American Future Fund

Where: New Hampshire

What's going on: There is a back-and-forth going on between those who are critical of New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte's vote against the most recent failed Senate background check legislation and those who support her. Her critics, led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group, produced an ad that responded to claims by Ayotte supporters that she had previously worked to strengthen background checks and was actually on the side of the angels.

They find that claim unconvincing.

What is most interesting about the ad by the American Future Fund, a conservative group, is that it doesn't really bother with any specifics, it simply vilifies Bloomberg for being a rich, pushy, big city type who is trying to tell the good people of New Hampshire what to think and do.

An earlier Bloomberg ad attacking Ayotte featured a Minnesota police chief who also served as a former chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Firearms Committee.  Again, the conservative ad doesn't really address the specifics of this cops charges, but only puts up some other cop by the name of Richard Crate who is identified only as "New Hampshire law enforcement." Apparently he speaks for all cops in the state.

Again, no real substance, just an appeal to citizens most childish instinct not to let outsiders boss them around.

The closing line is "Don't let a New York billionaire use a Minnesota cop to tell New Hampshire what to think."

The funny things is, as The Hill points out, that Sen. Ayotte is not even up for reelection in 2016, but gun control advocates think they might be able to move her vote the next time this comes before the Senate.

(Cross-posted at Phantom Public.)

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  • I hate Bloomberg and I hate to think that this is the future of politics: wealthy individuals against wealthy corporations. But it is a hoot to call Bloomberg "ultra-liberal." That's my biggest concern. He's a social liberal, but economically, he's no different from Mitt Romney. This is what's wrong with the liberal movement in this country: we praise people like Bloomberg because they aren't bigots even as they directly cause the destruction of countless lives.

    By Anonymous Frank Moraes, at 11:49 AM  

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