A Blunt Ad in Missouri Causes a Stir

Hat tip to Fired Up, Missouri, one of the best state-focused blogs on the web today.

Last night, the Roy Blunt campaign posted a gross web video with an image of 9/11 rubble and a Robin Carnahan statement about the proposed Park51 project. As Randy Turner writes, "Blunt apparently wants us to be deeply offended because Robin Carnahan said she wasn't going to tell the people of New York what to do about the construction of a mosque in the Ground Zero area and she didn't want New Yorkers to tell us what to do in Missouri."

The Blunt campaign pulled the web-only ad after receiving push back. This morning, Robin Carnahan released the following statement:

Robin Carnahan Demands Apology for Congressman Blunt’s Shameful Ad Exploiting 9/11 Victims and Families

Congressman Blunt releases ad exploiting 9/11 victims and their families to avoid talking about role in $700 billion Wall Street bailout

St. Louis, MO – Today Robin Carnahan released the following statement after Congressman Blunt released a web video shamefully exploiting 9/11 victims and their families for political gain in a desperate attempt to avoid talking about his role in passing the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.

“Congressman Blunt’s desperate attempt to avoid talking about his role in the $700 billion bailout by exploiting victims and families of the 9-11 tragedies is the very worst kind of Washington politics,” said Robin Carnahan. “Congressman Blunt should immediately own up to what he did, take responsibility for it, and apologize to the families of the 9-11 victims, whose tragedy he exploited for his own personal political benefit."

In other news from this race on Wednesday, Robin Carnahan released the second ad in her campaign against Rep. Roy Blunt hitting Blunt for "carrying the water" for the Bush Administration in the TARP bill.

Sam Stein of the Huffington Post writes:

The spot, airing statewide, is somber and straightforward. It seems likely to be effective as well. Carnahan's opposition to TARP has put her at odds with many of the national figures in the Democratic Party. But it's been a cudgel with which she's bloodied Blunt.

One political operative called the Carnahan ad "the best of the cycle."

Tags: Missouri Politics, Missouri Senate Race, Robin Carnahan, Rep. Roy Blunt (all tags)



RE: A Blunt Ad in Missouri Causes a Stir

That ad really is a gem. Was that really Blunt's immediate reaction to Bob Schieffer slapping him around, or was it an edit?

Too bad Missouri is trending red like it's no one's business. It's gonna be really tough to see a guy like Roy Blunt surf in because of a wave election. God.

by Jack Landsman 2010-08-19 02:41PM | 0 recs
RE: A Blunt Ad in Missouri Causes a Stir

 should i front page it, then?

by Charles Lemos 2010-08-19 03:01PM | 0 recs
RE: A Blunt Ad in Missouri Causes a Stir

Sure. This guy is a creep. (And for some reason I was shocked by his Senate bid; I never imagine him moving beyond the House.) He can't even pretend to be against bailouts like some of the other incoming reactionary senators. 

by Jack Landsman 2010-08-19 03:13PM | 0 recs
Whoo boy!! Can we say disconnect?

Somehow, the logic of an ad that says Robin Carnahan "doesn't want New Yorkers to tell us what to do in Missouri either" is going to piss off the people of Missouri? In what world did Blunt think that was going to be effective? No wonder he had second thoughts and decided to remove it. Most Missourians probably would agree with Robin, not him.

by mcarnes 2010-08-19 08:26PM | 0 recs


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