Ads ‘n’ Ends From The Massachusetts Congressional Races

Once around the Public Garden, James, and don’t spare the horses.

Sean Bielat: Hits and Missus

Fourth Congressional district repeat candidate Sean Bielat (R-I Won’t Be Frank) has launched his first TV spot in the race against Joe Kennedy III (D-I Will Be Frank).

Narrator: The ideally named Hope Bielat.


There’s no Mrs. Joe K.3, and don’t hold your breath waiting for the fiancée to weigh in.


Tierney Will Tisei Anything

Vying for Most Dishonest Ad of the Year is this new TV spot from John Tierney (D-All Bets Are Off) in the 6th Congressional district bakeoff:


As  Stephanie Ebbert reported in yesterday’s Boston Globe, the ad is entirely deceptive.

With a recent poll showing him trailing his opponent, US Representative John F. Tierney has launched a scathing new television ad that tries to tar his moderate prochoice Republican challenger as a conservative who wants to restrict access to abortion and birth control.

The ad says Richard R. Tisei “defended the Tea Party Republican platform,” with a constitutional amendment banning abortion, even in cases of rape or incest or a threat to the life of the mother.

As evidence, the ad points to Tisei’s comment about the GOP platform in August: “It is what it is.”

But those comments are incomplete, and, like other elements of the ad, misleading.

Tierney’s district might be on the North Shore, but you can smell the desperation as far south as Washington.


Trail-Mixed Reviews for Elizabeth Warren

The hardworking staff has been doing some fall cleaning at the Global Worldwide headquarters, and we came across this piece in the Weekly Standard of October 1:

The Natural Versus the Phony

Can a politically gifted Republican survive in Democratic Massachusetts?

Elizabeth Warren is opening a new campaign office in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury. The 63-year-old Harvard law professor is wearing a pink jacket, white blouse, and black pants. After shaking hands with everyone around the parking lot, she chooses a low spot in the pavement in front of the office door to speak to the crowd. Warren is noticeably shorter than the local community leaders who introduce her. She clutches the microphone in her right hand and gestures with her left as she works through her stump speech.

“I don’t kid myself. I know it’s going to be a fight,” Warren says. Her voice is flat, her rhythm slow and deliberate. “I know it’s going to be tough. I know they’re going to throw everything they possibly can at me. I know this. I know this. But here’s what I want to tell you. I am not afraid.” Warren’s voice gets louder. “I am not afraid.” And more piercing. “I am not afraid!”

But she is in a tossup race in a deep blue state for, the article says, one simple reason: “Scott Brown is one of the most gifted natural politicians in the country, and Elizabeth Warren simply isn’t. ”

In fact,  in the Weekly Standard telling of it, she’s downright terrible on the stump. That stands in marked contrast to the glowing reviews she got recently in BuzzFeed, as the hardworking staff noted:

Beyond extolling Warren’s “nerdy charm” and “quirky appeal,” the Buzzfeed post included this observation:

[S]pending time on the trail with Warren last week showed there’s a wrinkle in the narrative that she’s cold and unapproachable. And voters BuzzFeed spoke with seemed remarkably attached to Warren not just for her ideas, but for her “compassion” and “warmth.”

We’ll try to go find a tiebreaker.


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