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GOP Congressman Michael Grimm has faced a barrage of bad headlines since the start of this year, most recently an article in today’s New York Times with the word “mob ties” in the title. These headlines have been further amplified by his Democratic opponent, Mark Murphy, bombarding Mr. Grimm on the airwaves and implying the incumbent is a crook. Well, Mayor Rudy Giuliani–possibly buoyed by the boat the congressman is trying to name after him–has come to the rescue.
“Hi, I’m Rudy Giuliani,” the former mayor says directly to the camera in Mr. Grimm’s latest television ad. “Don’t be fooled by the shameful attacks in the media, Michael Grimm’s character and integrity are second to none. Michael Grimm is a great congressman and an outstanding representative for Staten Island and Brooklyn.”
This morning, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce officially set its sights on six congressional races across New York State and launched ads in each of them. Stretching from Long Island to Buffalo, the broadcast barrage attacks Democratic congressional incumbents Tim Bishop, Kathy Hochul, Bill Owens and Louise Slaughter, and attempts to beat back Democratic candidates Sean Patrick Maloney and Dan Maffei.
The size of the ad buy wasn’t immediately available, but the Chamber launched a significant $3.3 million campaign for California Republicans last week, so their New York has the potential to be sizable.
The final accomplishment Governor Andrew Cuomo touted at his legislative victory press conference yesterday was the launch of an ad campaign to lure business investments into the state, and that some star power had been acquired to make sure the ads packed a punch.
“This is New York State,” Robert De Niro’s voice declares over one of the commercials. “We built the first railway and the first trade route to the West. We built the tallest skyscrapers, the greatest empires. We pushed the country forward. Then, some said, we lost our edge. We couldn’t match the pace of the new business world. Well today, there’s a NEW New York State.”
Mitt Romney’s newest television commercial, entitled “Day One,” encourages viewers to envision him in the White House.
“What would a Romney Presidency be like?” a narrator asks as the ad begins.