U.S. Chamber’s new TV ads burnish Doherty, ignore CicillineMay 10th, 2012 at 1:17 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched what’s it’s calling “an advertising blitz in Rhode Island” on Thursday morning with a new television ad campaign burnishing Republican Brendan Doherty’s credentials on the economy.
“Doherty has demonstrated that he understands free enterprise, not bigger government, is going to drive the economic recovery in Rhode Island and across the country,” Rob Engstrom, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president and national political director, said in a statement. You can watch the TV ad here.
The U.S. Chamber’s strategy in Rhode Island’s 1st District is an interesting one. Many of its new ads this month are negative spots targeting incumbents – but here in Rhode Island, the Chamber is running a positive message promoting Doherty that never mentions Cicilline. That may be a sign Doherty needs introducing – he hasn’t run any ads yet – or that Cicilline is already damaged enough.
“As both a mayor and now as a member of the Small Business Committee in Congress, David has been a strong fighter for jobs and an advocate for Rhode Island’s small business community,” Eric Hyers, Cicilline’s campaign manager, said Wednesday.
Hyers also noted – accurately – that the U.S. Chamber does not speak for its local affiliates such as the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Sometimes their views diverge markedly, as when Jack McConnell was up for a federal judgeship and the local Chambers didn’t endorse the national group’s attacks on him.
(screen grab: U.S. Chamber of Commerce)