(Updated 7:49 p.m. ET with NRSC response)
(CNN) - Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia's Democratic Senate nominee, was the target of an ad controversy this week, and now he's retaliating.
Manchin's opponent, Republican John Raese, aired a video that showed three West Virginia voters saying Manchin should stay "right here in West Virginia." But, they weren't West Virginia voters, and they weren't even in West Virginia. Instead, the spot was shot in Philadelphia, and the three men were hired actors. The casting notice for the ad, which was paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called for actors with a "'Hicky' Blue Collar look," sparking outrage from Democrats.
The ad was taken down in light of the controversy.
But on Saturday, Manchin's campaign hit back with its own ad.
"John Raese thinks we're hicks. His people hired actors from Philadelphia to attack Joe Manchin and told them to dress hicky," the narrator says. "Raese moved his family to Florida to avoid paying West Virginia taxes. Obviously we're not good enough for him."
Republicans responded to the ad Saturday, saying Manchin is “flat out lying.”
“No one in the Republican Party, no one associated with John Raese’s campaign has ever used the language that Washington Joe alleges in his ad,” Brian Walsh, NRSC Communications Director said in a statement.
According to the NRSC it was the talent agency that used the word “hicky,” not the NRSC.
The Manchin campaign said the 30-second spot is currently airing statewide.
The Senate race in West Virginia is considered a toss-up by the Rothenberg and Cook Political Reports. The winner of November's special election will fill the final two years of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd's term. Byrd died earlier this year.
–CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report
ROFLMAO....Republicans got caught with their pants down on this one......Try again please????
LOL!! That is exactly what the republicans think of eveyone who makes under $100,000. And the peopple who follow them deserve it. "Dumb Hicks".. hehehehe!!!!
Can't find real people with all these problems that they have manufactured in the silly news media.
This is capitalism whith a supply and demand structure. This structure consist of a cycle that is very fragile if any one either the demand or supply side should break this cycle it can spell disaster like what happend couple years back. The middle class and poor are usually the demand half. They spend money in the local economy to stimulate growth and hiring. The rich and corporations are the supply they produce and imports goods which they sell to the small business that fill the demand of the people to sustain the cycle. The cycle is broken when the money goes up to the big corporations and it doesnt come back down in the form of jobs to continue the cycle it goes horizontal over to china so there is no jobs at the bottom to creat money to creat demand to start the cycle up again
I can't understand why this guy resides in Florida and is allowed to run to be senator from West Virginia. Guess republicans try all kinds of tricks to get elected. Wonder if we find some alien from outer space coming in and running as a republican.
I doubt that the ad agency came up with hicky on its own. Raese must be viewing WVers in contrast to all of his "sophicated" rich friends in Florida.
John Raese is a fake. His wife is not register to vote in WV. She cannot vote for husband. They live in FL. This is just another case of the Teabaggers that want to take advantage of the people of WV. Joe Manchin was with WV in the bad times and the good. He's a humble servant of WV. Joe Raese wife will call you her friends in the summer, but call you hicks in the winter went she back in FL sipping a cocktail near the pool which is near they manison. Don't get fooled WV by some city slickers.
What? You mean political ads don't scrupulously represent the views of voting constituents but are carefully crafted agitprop designed to play on fear and prejudice? Yeah, we all know that's true, but to have your nose rubbed in it is adding insult to injury. Republicans are usually much better at concealing their tricks. Bad form, Republican John Raese, for letting us see behind the screen!
You guys forgot to address this part:
"Raese moved his family to Florida to avoid paying West Virginia taxes. Obviously we're not good enough for him."
That's worse than the "Hicky" thing. Worse than Pelosi sentiment. He needs to take his state back. And yeah that tax thing...unconstitutional. The schools or something might get his tax $$, oh no.
The NSRC is a joke.They had to give a brief to the ad agency, end of debate. They cannot hide behind such feeble excuses, they tried to attack and got it wrong,if they'd stick to policy and how Republicans are better than Dems fine, but they always choose the nasty way and this time it bites them in the butt!! Awe shucks!!
Frankly as far as most average voters are concerned 90 % + of candidate specific personal type attack ads get ignored while we pour the coffee from the percolator. Would be better if the media did the same... =find something worth discussing/talking about. This one is outrageous and worth the effort.
"It wasn't us, it was the folks we hired." Not only can't we take responsibility, we have to show our maturity level by calling him "Washington Joe."
What a joke.
Don't you have to be a resident of West Virginia to run for Senate? If Raese moved his family to Florida is he still eligible?