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Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Brad Ellsworth's Bull On Bull
U.S. Rep. Brad Ellworth (D-IN) has raised more than $4 million in his previous runs for Congress since 2006 and the majority of those funds have come from out-of-state special interest groups. Yet his first TV spot in this year's senate race gives you the impression he's just some small town sheriff and an outsider who has never served a day in Congress. "One thing that 25 years as sheriff teaches you is zero tolerance for bull," Ellsworth says in his first 30-second spot dressed in blue jeans speaking from what appears to be an abandoned factory as a backdrop. "The special interests and lobbyists already have enough senators on their side," he concludes. Sorry, Brad. That dog won't hunt. In case you're wondering, his biggest campaign contributor in the current campaign cycle is Barnes & Thornburg, which has a DC office that lobbies Congress. And for the record, Ellsworth never served as a sheriff for 25 years as he suggests in his ad. The Indiana Constitution limits sheriffs to two consecutive terms. He served as Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff for two terms, or eight years. Is it possible for a candidate to run an ad that resembles anything close to the truth any more?