(CNN) – Massachusetts gubernatorial hopeful Tim Cahill, an independent, responded Tuesday to a barrage of new ads directed at him by Republicans.
Cahill's independent bid is setting up a three-way contest between Republican Charlie Baker and the state's incumbent governor Democrat Deval Patrick.
In an effort to support Baker, the Republican Governors Association launched a television, radio, and internet ad blitz, as well as a new website Tuesday - all of which focus on Cahill's stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
"Tim Cahill – reckless with our money," a narrator says in the new RGA television ads.
Cahill responded Tuesday evening with a web video.
"Charlie Baker and his Washington friends are desperate to tear me down with over a million dollars in negative attack ads," Cahill says in the video as he looks straight into the camera's lens. "People are sick and tired of the old way of party politics. Attacks ads won't fix our economy. Attack ads won't create jobs for the middle class. They represent the past. My campaign for Governor represents the future."
In a statement announcing the release of the web video, Cahill campaign manager Adam Meldrum called the GOP ads "nothing short of a Hail Mary to try and save Charlie Baker's flailing candidacy."
The most recent poll in the race indicates that Gov. Patrick holds a slight edge over his two rivals in a three-way general election match up.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
All the Republicans have to run on is the same old slash and burn politics. They certainly can't say they have done ANYTHING. They wanted to be the party of "Hell No", so there's not much to talk about.
I just pray that the people of this country will not let these looneys take over this country. Prime example: Virginia and Arizona. It didn't take either of these Goveners to really screw a lot of people. Scary stuff!!!
the repubgs are getting desperate nobody should vote for them just look at what they are doing in the senate'they don't care about the middle class just the rich.
we are all sick of the repos and their lies
This is just typical republican Lee Atwater/Karl Rove politics. Is it the blind leading the stupid or the stupid leading the blind?
...And Deval coasts right in.
The same old fear & smear ads sadly epitomize Republicans' growing disdain for independents and moderates.