By A.P. Dillon
Apparently, Senate Democrats have noticed that “nondescript, virtually unnoticed, hugely important Senate race” in North Carolina and have hit the panic button. Scratch that, they are pounding on the panic button to the tune of $9 million dollars and a negative ad campaign blitz that will have fact checkers drooling. Will that money help? Time will tell, but it didn’t help Elizabeth Dole who outspent Hagan by $6 million in 2008 and lost by 8 points.
Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report sees Hagan’s campaign having to go with negative with ads and this large of a money dump points to a candidate in trouble.
The ad buy, the largest so far in North Carolina, would be paid out through the end of the campaign. It reflects both the outside interest in a race that will help decide control of the Senate and, some say, concern about Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.
“It tells me a couple things,” said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst with the Washington-based Cook Political Report. “One, that she really is in trouble. They’re not going to spend that kind of money defending an incumbent who’s in reasonably good shape.
“Two, they’re going to do the negative ads because I don’t think her approval ratings can take any more hits.”
– Charlotte Observer 8-13-14
That money also represents a huge blow to Hagan’s credibility and campaign theme of attacking ‘outside money’ flowing into North Carolina’s Senate race. Like Obama, she can’t run on her record — She’s not passed a single bill of her own in six years. And just like Obama, since she can’t run on her record Hagan has to make the focus shift from her failures to twisting the successes of her opponent, Thom Tillis. Folks, Hagan is already doing it.
Kay Hagan had 6 yrs and did nothing but get half a million NC citizens insurance canceled. Imagine if you gave her 6 more years? #ncsen
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) August 14, 2014
#NCsen is going to get ugly in epic fashion.
If you add the hypocrisy on “dark” money to her past attacks coming back to haunt her, then factor in the anger is still palpable for half a million NC citizens who had their insurance canceled due to her vote for to Obamacare. This race is going to get ugly really fast.
Then again, Hagan’s campaign is familiar with ugly.
Remember Senate Majority PAC’s creepy tax ad? Their record with ads in North Carolina have been far from accurate, which earned them 3 Pinnocchios from Washington Posts’s Glenn Kessler. The Washington Post article mentions the figures came from the NC Budget and Tax Center, an outfit run by NC Justice Center. Keep in mind NC Justice Center spawned Blueprint NC. That same Senate Majority PAC ad was also proven false by FactCheck.org and local Raleigh media outlet WRAL.
— Claire Mahoney (@TaggertGirl) August 13, 2014
P.S. -NC Citizens shouldn’t bother trying to get Kay on camera. Like Obama, transparency is not her thing.
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A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.