Blumenthal ad portrays candidate as anti-special interests

Jessica M. Karmasek Aug. 11, 2010, 1:57pm


HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) -- Longtime Connecticut attorney general and the state's Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Richard Blumenthal, has released his first ad of the general election.

The television ad, entitled "Stand Up," is a 30-second spot that was to begin airing Wednesday morning on statewide television.

"There is a clear choice in this election, and this ad reinforces that Dick Blumenthal is the only candidate in this race with a record of fighting for the people of Connecticut and standing up to the special interests," Mindy Myers, campaign manager for the attorney general, said in a statement.

According to NBC News' political blog FirstRead, his campaign tries to "warm up" Blumenthal with "smiling images" in what looks like his study, "him with his sleeves rolled up, shaking hands and touching arms and shoulders, nodding approvingly on a bench with children in a park."

The ad also highlights some of the work he's done as the state's attorney general since 1991.

"The people of Connecticut know me," Blumenthal says in the ad. "And one thing they know for sure is that I will fight for them."

He opens his ad with the anti-Washington theme, saying, "When I look at Washington, D.C., I don't see a lot of people standing up for the people against the special interests."

Meanwhile, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, the newly nominated Republican Senate candidate in Connecticut, said in an interview Wednesday she's ready to spend whatever it takes to beat Blumenthal.

Appearing on a network news program, McMahon brushed off accusations she made millions by promoting an industry allegedly rife with violence and steroid abuse.

Asked about this on ABC's "Good Morning America," McMahon said the entertainment model "will continue to evolve."

She has said she plans to spend up to $50 million of her own money in the fall, telling the network: "It's money I've earned. It's money I'm willing to invest."

McMahon also warned Democrats that a negative campaign against her could backfire.

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