WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senate Democrats are using Sarah Palin's decision to leave office later this month in a new Web video linking the Alaska governor to two GOP candidates in key battleground states.
The new spot from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee features an oath of office repeated by voices intended to represent Palin, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, and flashes images of hands with their fingers crossed behind their backs.
Crist and Ayotte have both announced their intention to run for the Senate next year; Ayotte has decided to resign early in advance of her run. Palin has not said whether she may be weighing a run for another elected office.
The first attempt to use Palin's pending resignation to slam Republican candidates began earlier this month, just days after she her decision.
(updated with GOP reaction after the jump)
At the time, a top Democratic operative speaking on the condition of anonymity told CNN's Mark Preston that going forward, Democrats "won't be shy in tying Sarah Palin to other Republican candidates where it makes sense."
Ayotte was the first target. "We're seeing a national trend where Republicans have abandoned their responsibilities to their constituents in favor of political gain," New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley wrote in a fundraising message sent to the state party's e-mail list in early July.
"From Alaska to New Hampshire, Republicans just can't seem to honor their commitment to the public. Not unlike Sarah Palin, Kelly Ayotte has broken her promise to the people she represents and put politics before public service."
UPDATE: Republicans responded Friday by linking Palin to another familiar Democratic target. “First it was President Bush, now it’s Governor Palin - when will the Democrats stop trying to turn Republican candidates into other people and finally focus on the critical issues facing America, like bipartisan health care reform and skyrocketing unemployment? " National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson said in a statement Friday afternoon. "Obviously the Democrats are nervous about Charlie Crist and Kelly Ayotte’s candidacies, considering they’re spending this much time lobbing these pathetic attacks instead of figuring out how to turn our nation’s economy around.”