By Natasha Korecki
A pro-Democratic group is using video cuts of the "loud," politically incorrect Tea Partier Joe Walsh to turn up the volume against Republicans in three key Chicago-area races.
Walsh's bluster is the centerpiece of a new spot, which is part of a $2.4 million ad buy attacking the congressman, and two other Republicans who are targeted by Democrats.
"Don't blame banks! I am tired of hearing that crap!" Walsh is seen imploring on a video of him talking to district residents.
In another clip he's shown saying: "I want America to pay for my contraceptives. You're kidding me. Go get a job!"
Clearly viewing Illinois as fertile ground to win over congressional seats, the House Majority PAC, which aims to put Democrats back into the lead in Washington, on Tuesday disclosed it had pumped $2.4 million into the three key Chicago-area races - including U.S. House races in the 8th, 10th and 11th congressional districts.
One video, entitled "Loud" links Walsh to U.S. Reps. Bob Dold and Judy Biggert, both of whom are incumbents. While Walsh is a Tea Partier through and through, both Dold and Biggert are far more moderate. Still, the ad, which, according to the House Majority PAC, "will run in heavy rotation for two weeks," on both cable and broadcast, works to link the three as equally "out of step" but only plays video snippets of Walsh talking. Incidentally, the cut of Walsh saying "Go Get a Job," cut off the second part of his quote. The full quote from that day was "Go Get a Job, Sandra Fluke. Fluke is the woman who testified before Congress about affordable birth control, only to be berated by conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh as a "slut."
The HousePAC is banking on Walsh being so unpopular in Illinois, he will help sink two other Republican incumbents.
However, Walsh himself is a beneficiary of a huge media buy from a SuperPAC that poured more than $1.7 million into his race against Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Roll Call reported that a poll taken in mid-August by the Tarrance Group showed Walsh and Duckworth in a statistical tie. Democrats have reported far wider margins, including releasing numbers Monday that Duckworth was 10 points ahead.
Two other spots are also in the mix. One targets Biggert directly and another targets Dold.
Both candidates in the 11th district expressed frustration at the negative ads already in circulation.
"Going negative moves numbers," an upset U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert said in a Monday interview.
The campaign for her Democratic opponent, Bill Foster, held a similar view. The campaign recently rebutted a TV spot that accused him of layoffs and sending jobs overseas that included pointing out that he helped build a Midwest company that provides manufacturing jobs.
The new ad targeting Biggert features someone painting white out over her head in various photos, saying she has tried hiding that she is Republican.
A portion of the $2.4 million will be used to target Dold in ads to begin running next week.