Democrat Robin Carnahan has a new ad in the Missouri Senate race, attacking Republican Roy Blunt as a Washington insider who is too connected to lobbyists for the current reform-minded, anti-incumbent environment.
The ad shows old video of Blunt on Fox News Sunday back in 2006, when the then-House Majority Whip was running for Majority Leader. Chris Wallace is shown bringing up Blunt’s ties to Phillip Morris tobacco lobbyist money, and his ties to Jack Abramoff. “Are you the one to clean up the House?” Wallace asked. (Blunt later lost the leadership race to John Boehner, remained as Republican Whip, and gave up that post after the 2008 election.)
The Carnahan campaign really has hit on something phenomenal in this ad: A leading Republican was once criticized on Fox News!
The TPM Poll Average gives Blunt a lead of 50.6%-43.8%.