BOSTON—A political action committee linked to former President George W. Bush's longtime political director Karl Rove is taking the first high-profile swipe at Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
The new 30-second television ad combines images of Warren with Occupy Wall Street protesters. The ad's narrator says the protesters espouse violence and a radical redistribution of wealth. The protesters say they represent the 99 percent of the population left behind in the economy.
Warren has said she supports the protesters and "created much of the intellectual foundation" for the movement. She's also said they must stay within the law.
The ad, however, says Warren "sides with extreme left protests" where protesters "attack police, do drugs and trash public parks."
"We need jobs, not intellectual theories and radical protests," the ad's narrator says.
Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers decried what she called the attacks against Warren.
"With almost a year until Election Day, the name-calling and vicious attacks against Elizabeth are already starting," Myers wrote, and then appealed to supporters for campaign donations.
Warren is trying to unseat Massachusetts Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown who has, himself, been the target of television ads from the League of Conservation Voters. Those ads fault Brown for siding with "big oil" and voting "repeatedly against protecting our environment and public health."
Brown's campaign responded with a video designed to rebut the ad point-by-point.
"The League of Conservation Voters is misleading voters with their negative attacks and distortions on Scott Brown's pro-jobs voting record," Colin Reed, Brown campaign spokesman, said in a statement.
The anti-Warren ad was paid for by Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a group affiliated with Rove.
According to a press release from Crossroads, the Warren ad is part of a new $1.8 million advertising buy set to for two weeks across five states including Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Virginia and Nebraska.
Brown issued a statement Thursday saying outside groups should stay out of the election.
"People are hurting. They've lost a job, or maybe their homes. Their incomes have declined. We need to focus on the very real issue of putting people back to work," Brown wrote. "I wish all these ads from outside groups would be taken down."