Democrats record anti-GOP ad at GOP victory celebration
May 9th, 2014
12:50 PM ET
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Democrats record anti-GOP ad at GOP victory celebration

Updated 2:17 p.m. ET, 5/9/2014

(CNN) - A leading pro-Democratic outside group is up with a new television commercial that attacks the GOP's new Senate nominee in North Carolina.

But the most interesting part of the ad by Senate Majority PAC is that the woman narrating the spot infiltrated Tuesday's victory celebration for the candidate, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

The spot starts with a woman, who Senate Majority PAC says is a paid narrator, standing just a few yards from Tills as he gave his Republican primary victory speech Tuesday night. Tillis beat a bunch of more conservative candidates for the chance to face off this November against first-term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is considered very vulnerable in the general election. Flipping her seat and five others held by Democrats would give Republicans control of the Senate.

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"I'm here watching Thom Tillis win his party's nomination to run for U.S. Senate. He's up there right now making big promises, but take a closer look."

The spot then highlights what Senate Majority PAC says is a record by the state House speaker of giving tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations while raising taxes on North Carolinians.

The spot ends with the narrator, standing at the victory party, whispering "Thom Tills says he's up there for you, but he'll cost North Carolina families big time."

So how did the group get it's paid narrator and a person with a camera into the celebration?

A Senate Majority PAC official, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, told CNN that the Tillis campaign blasted out an email announcing their primary night victory celebration, adding that "our crew went, walked right through the main doors. No one asked who they were, asked for a sign in, nothing."

While tracking of campaign events has been a common practice for years, this ad seems to take the practice to a new level.

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Tillis' campaign responded to the spot, calling the group's tactics "desperate."

"It’s clear that Thom Tillis’ decisive victory this week has Washington liberals in a panic," Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw said.

"Their desperate tactics didn’t work when they meddled in the Republican primary, and they won’t work now."

Senate Majority PAC says it's spending $850,000 over two weeks to run the commercial statewide in North Carolina on both broadcast and cable TV.


Filed under: 2014 • Senate • Senate Majority PAC • Senate Race
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Tony D

    hahahaha.... pretty lame. Nothing is going to save Hagan lefties! Not even this Jerry Springer trash level nonsense.

    May 9, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Clever ad, but it's gonna give the really twisted folks out there something to aim for, which is not good.

    May 9, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Tillis beat a bunch of more conservative candidates"

    No he didn't. He's just like them and the narrative that he's not is just whitewash of the fact that he supports BS like a personhood amendment and repeal of the ACA and opposes things like raising the minimum wage and getting rid of special deductions and tax loopholes that only benefit the wealthy and corporations. The only way to characterize this guy as a "moderate," which is clearly what the "Establishment v. Teatrolls" narrative is intended to do is to first go right along with the GOP/Teatrolls' massive radicalized rightward shift and call THAT the "new normal"...and then look at Tillis, who is clearly a RWNJ riding the radicalization wave when you compare him to the vast majority of GOPers over the past several decades, and call him "moderate" simply because he falls slightly to the left of raving conservative lunatic. This ridiculous narrative the GOP has fed the MSM and which the MSM is eating like it's ad revenue ambrosia is nothing more than part of the plan of shifting Overton's Window that they started in 2009. The MSM is entirely complicit in them trying to portray "right wing" as the new "middle ground" by fleeing way off into radicalized right wing reality-denial LaLa Land.

    May 9, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    These pathetic Rethuglican idiots are pretty much done away with it. These guys are extinct soon. Vote straight democratic ticket. Hillary16.

    May 9, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Her infiltration was almost Benghazi-ish. Start the right wing outrage.

    May 9, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Why do some in here keep making a joke about the death of four Americans? What is wrong with you people?

    May 9, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Kay Hagan - TOAST

    Save your time and money Democrats. You can stick a fork in Hagan. She is DONE!

    May 9, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. it must be said

    There are not enough cemetaries in North Carolina in order to push Kay Hagan over the finish line as a winner. But I'm sure the Democrats will be trying, and busing people from town to town to vote numerous times. Be on the lookout people of North Carolina! Democrats will do ANYTHING to steal an election.

    May 9, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. loco motion

    Truth hurts huh? He's a tool

    May 9, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. makes sense to me

    Why did we kidnap the plane?

    May 9, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. makes sense to me

    Why no wreckage?

    May 9, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. makes sense to me

    Who else had that technology, being able to pass light through solid objects, many weapons applications, cloaking?

    May 9, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. 2_indy1600

    Call me twisted, but I really want to "find out what's behind," Benghazi, IRS, VA, Obamacare #'s. You know, get to the
    ROOT of the obstruction. Pelosi is an embarassment to her party; her sputtering obstruction to participate in hearings is just more of the obstructive, lying narrative we hear from the party. The democrats have been infiltrating in order to run the political narrative, and twist it, for years. Mother Jones thought they could smear Romney with the 47% truth that the media twisted into a negative. Face it, dems are corrupt and repubs are too hawkish, unless you vote HRC of course, what a model with the Clinton tag-team! Line up all the women and interview them, not just poor Monica.

    May 9, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Gunderson

    There you go again !,
    Giving Tax breaks to the Wealthy! When will you ever learn! You only give Tax Breaks to the poor! You know, Unemployment checks, Food Stamps, never ending welfare ! So wise up, Republican's! And don't forget old Gunderson !

    May 9, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    Flash back to "47%". There is no better liberal ad than a conservative with his mouth open and no filter.

    May 9, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    His record alone with what he has done to the people of North Carolina speaks pretty much for itself..Taking away women's rights and voting rights etc..I think the people will put him out on his keister..

    May 9, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Lizzie
    Malory Archer

    – wow,according to you JW Bush send everyone to Vietnam, but you have all the respect for Bill Clinton who went to Canada, VP BIDEN who ask for FIVE deferments, and you probably think Hanoi Jane is the best thing since the creation

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wow yourself lizzie! I see a little remedial reading is in your summer plans. Please show me where I said the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue "SENT (with a "T" honey) everyone to Vietnam". As for the rest of your post, as I said previously, at least Bill Clinton had the spleen to stand in principal. As far as the "five deferments" where is your outrage at deadeye dick doing the same thing? Hypocritical much? "Hanoi Jane"? LOL – really honey, you're really trotting them out of the woodwork, aren't you?

    May 9, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Tony D
    hahahaha.... pretty lame. Nothing is going to save Hagan lefties! Not even this Jerry Springer trash level nonsense.

    Hey Tony, How does it feel to belong to a dead party? Might as well belong to the Tories or the Whigs. HAHAHAHAHA!

    May 9, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Kay Hagan.... toasty, toasty, toasty!

    BYE BYE KAY!!! You might as well have Obama come down and campaign for you so you can persoanlly thank him for losing your job.

    May 9, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    It doesn't take to much for brains to decide the GOP is BAD for the country and that ALL GOP governors SHZoULD be voted OUT for DEPRIVING millions of THEIR STATE CITIZENS of the healthcare ALL THE REST OF US ARE GETTING through the ACA or obamacare. My 34 year old son in Florida pays 65.20 a month for a SILVER blue cross policy with a 3500 deductible ,southern states should KICK OUT their GOP governors and legislatures before ALL their hospitals GO out of BUSINESS !!!!

    May 9, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. smendler

    North Carolina: one of the Top 5 "States Most Likely to Turn Fascist"

    May 9, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Is that a Democrat playing the GOP game??? Herp a derp!

    May 9, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |