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Where have I seen this ad before?

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  April 27, 2010 03:58 PM

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Tim Cahill has responded to a series of ads by the Republican Governors Association with a web ad that is very similar to Scott Brown's ad responding to attacks on him. Take a look:



Tim Cahill ad responding to an attack ad from the Republican Governors Association


Scott Brown's ad responding to a Coakely attack ad


See the similarities? The kitchens, the casual clothing, the comforting music in the background, and of course the claim that they're running a more upbeat campaign without attack ads. Brown's ad is clearly more slick and that is probably because it actually aired on television unlike Cahill's who according to a staffer doesn't plan on airing this anytime soon.

UPDATE: Adam Gaffin points out that former at-large city councilor and mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty blazed the trail for the kitchen teevee ad in modern Massachusetts politics. Of course Flaherty's kitchen is much darker than the other two and he lost. Perhaps the brightness of a campaign ad shot in the candidate's kitchen is relative to how they fare on election day.



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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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