July 6th, 2010
06:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate candidates leave out current jobs in first campaign ads

 Reps. Brad Ellsworth (left) and Roy Blunt (right) both released their first TV ads of the campaign season on Tuesday.
Reps. Brad Ellsworth (left) and Roy Blunt (right) both released their first TV ads of the campaign season on Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) – What do Republican Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana have in common?

These two Senate candidates released their first campaign television commercials Tuesday, yet neither mentioned that they are currently members of Congress.

In his commercial, Blunt talks about his family history, saying "my mom and dad were dairy farmers. My grandmothers were one room school teachers. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I became a high school teacher and later a university president."

But the ad doesn't mention that Blunt is a seven-term congressman and a former high ranking Republican in the House. He is favored to win next month's GOP Senate primary in Missouri and will most likely face off in November against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. If Blunt and Carnahan win their respective primaries, it would be a battle between two of the most famous political families in the state. Both candidates are trying to succeed Republican Sen. Kit Bond, who is not running for re-election this year.

In his commercial, Ellsworth says "one thing that 25 years as a sheriff teaches you is zero tolerance for bull. There's too much at stake. But out in Washington it's like they live and breathe the stuff. They waste our money. They take care of special interests. And they don't care if lobbyists write the laws or if our jobs get shipped overseas."

But his ad doesn't mention that Ellsworth is a two-term congressman. He will face off against former GOP Sen. Dan Coats in the battle to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.

Polls indicate a strong anti-incumbent and anti-Washington sentiment with voters this year, possibly leading some candidates who work in the nation's capitol to run against Washington.

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Filed under: 2010 • Brad Ellsworth • Indiana • Missouri • Roy Blunt
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    Ellsworth should state proudly that his is the party of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, Luis Farakhan, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin and other anti-democratic voices the world over.

    July 6, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Rob in MO

    Roy Blunt shoould be ashamed of the mess he has contributed to as a congressman. He is completely unsuitable to be a senator. The guy is toxic.

    July 6, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. harold

    Roy Blunt.... wants to repeal Medicare. He does not like it at all.. Just like a Re[publican.. leave grandma in a situation like she was back before 1965 when she did not have medicare ...

    July 6, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. "RUB" THE CLOWN

    How can you send people to Washington who are embarrassed to serve in government? We need people in government who are proud to do the people's work.

    July 6, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Kyle

    Ellsworth has only been in Congress for three years vs. nearly 20 years for former Senator Dan Coats. Since leaving Congress, Coats has been a lobbyist fighting on behalf of foreign governments. He hasn't even lived in Indiana for over ten years. The last thing we need is another old, worn out, business-as-usual Republican in Washington.

    July 6, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Ed FL

    Hopefully these two turkeys who will not vote to help out the unemployed will find themselves in that line in november

    July 6, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. DENNA

    Cute guys, real cute. I guess we poor Americans are too stupid to further investigate your backgrounds. Well, maybe the Limbaugh crowd will believe you, but the rest of us already know that you are members of Congress. A little honesty please. And the Democrat should really know better.

    July 6, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |