State Sen. Eric Stewart (D-Belvidere) has released a new, hyper-folksy campaign ad in his bid to unseat 4th District Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
At the beginning of the 54-second spot, DesJarlais and his wife, Amy, walk along the countryside in slow motion as a guttural, Seventh Seal-like horn comes close to evoking the fabled "Brown Noise." The rest of the ad takes DesJarlais to task over his support of the Ryan budget and other perceived betrayals of his constituency.
From the Stewart campaign:
Scott DesJarlais has launched a television commercial that is breathtaking in its hypocrisy.
“Scott DesJarlais voted to cut agriculture by $60 billion, destroy Medicare and raise the Social Security retirement age to 70,” said Eric Stewart. “DesJarlais is a typical politician. He says one thing in Tennessee and votes the opposite in Washington. This ad amounts to breathtaking hypocrisy.”
Stewart made his statement as his campaign released a video on YouTube that takes the images from his ad and replaces the audio to highlight DesJarlais’ votes against Medicare, Social Security and farmers.
“DesJarlais made a series of votes on March 29, 2012 that would have done tremendous damage to the very people who sent DesJarlais to Congress,” Stewart said. “The Ryan/DesJarlais budget would have been a disaster for working families, farmers and small businesses right here in Tennessee.”
Stewart added, “DesJarlais is even out of step with his fellow Republicans. More than 100 Republican Members of Congress voted against amending the Ryan/DesJarlais budget amendment that would have changed the retirement age for Social Security to 70.”
Watch the video (and read the transcript) after the jump.
They call him “the accidental congressman.”
Scott DesJarlais … a rich doctor who went to Congress and betrayed working families.
Here he is trying to explain to these farmers why he voted to cut agriculture by $60 billion.
He’s trying to explain to these folks why he voted to destroy Medicare and raise the retirement age to 70. He’s lucky one of them didn’t hit him with that watermelon.
This DesJarlais fella is just a typical politician … saying one thing here and doing another in Washington.
Scott DesJarlais. The Accidental Congressman. We made a mistake sending him to Congress.