Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Stealing from Santos

George Allen took a page out of fictional Presidential candidate Matt Santos' book last night and bought a live television commercial on CBS. In an attempt to refocus (err save) his faltering Senate and thus Presidential campaigns Allen went directly to the voters.

He was with his wife Susan and viewers saw a backdrop with a picture of the Senators late father, former NFL coach George Allen.

According to Virginia political historians this is an unprecedented move. Some interesting facts.

  • The ad cost $50,000
  • He was the lead in to Deal or No Deal
  • It ran for two minutes right before the beginning of Primetime
  • It ran in all 5 of Virginia's media markets

A recent Mason Dixon poll showed the race 43/43, a precipitous drop from this Summer, when Allen held a comfortable 16 point edge. This move has a very Wadhams/Lacivita feel to it, but its significance is in the fact that Allen's internal numbers must echo the public numbers for the campaign to make such a drastic move.

You can read more about this ad here

You can see the "ad" at georgeallen.com


Blogger Burton Rider said...


3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw this on Newsmax. This isn't good for Romney.

Evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson said he doubts that conservative Christians would support a presidential bid by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith.

Dobson, the founder of the Colorado-based Focus on the Family, said on a radio program that if Romney makes a bid for the White House in 2008, "I don’t believe that conservative Christians in large numbers will vote for a Mormon, but that remains to be seen.”

5:50 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Talk about off-topic...

Anyway, it's a mixed bag. Ted Haggard, Jerry Falwell, and Chuck Colson have all said they would vote for a mormon if he/she had the right stand on the issues.

Not to mention these guys...

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris LaCivita runs circles around DickWadhams. Every major misstep in the Allen campaign can be keyed directly to Wadhams. He's not a VIrginian and is only "cool" b/c he was Thune's guy. Well, problem with that is LaCivita softened up SD 2 yrs earlier. Wadhams is not the next Karl Rove. Neither is LaCivita. He's not in any man's shadow. Not even Allen's.

LaCivita & the Swiftie's delivered W back to the WH. Not Mehlman. Not Rove. Not their GOTV. And it damn sure wasn't Dick Wadhams.

1:00 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Well somebody here likes Chris LaCivita. You're barking up the wrong tree if you think we don't understand LaCivita's role in 04 at the Cooler. Nothing but respect for that guy.

WAR Lacivita

10:53 AM  

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