Washington (CNN) - Fox News has sued the Senate campaign of Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouri, claiming improper use of an interview by the cable channel with her opponent Roy Blunt for a "smear ad."
The 2006 interview with Fox's Chris Wallace was used in a recent Carnahan ad, implying the journalist was supporting Blunt – a Republican congressman. The lawsuit says Wallace, as host of "Fox News Sunday," had asked Blunt about the congressman's efforts to become a permanent House Majority Leader. He served in that post in an interim fashion from 2005-06.
In a lawsuit filed in Kansas City Thursday, Fox News claims copyright infringement and invasion of Wallace's privacy. In a 14-page filing, the Democrat's campaign was accused of violating "FNC's valuable and proprietary creative expression" by using the news clip without permission. "The Carnahan ad is designed to make it appear as if Wallace- a trusted journalist- is instead speaking as a campaign operative," said the complaint.
Read the lawsuit here
(Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET)
(CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial campaign committee is out Saturday with a new attack ad that paints senior Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt as a symbol of Washington insider politics and condemns the Senate candidate for voting for the federal government's massive bailout of the financial industry in 2008.
"A culture of corruption and special interests where Missouri gets left behind," the DSCC's ad says. "And, when our economy collapsed, Washington is where Roy Blunt took the lead and voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout."
The bill passed largely due to the support of Democrats - 172 of them voted for the bailout package. It passed the House in October 2008 with 263 votes and with members of both parties split on the issue.
The 30-second television ad calls Blunt "one of Congress' most corrupt politicians," a reference to the unflattering designation bestowed upon him in 2005 and 2006 by the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
(CNN) - A new poll in Missouri provides more evidence that President Barack Obama and his administration's agenda are hurting more than helping Democratic candidates running in moderate to conservative states in this year's midterm elections.
The president's approval rating stands at 34 percent in Missouri, according to a new Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV, with 57 percent saying they disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House.
The poll, released over the weekend, also indicates that in the battle for Missouri's vacant Senate seat, seven-term Republican Rep. Roy Blunt leads Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan 48 percent to 42 percent, with one in ten likely voters undecided.
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."
(CNN) - Nearly a year and a half after he launched his bid for the Senate, Rep. Roy Blunt goes up with his first television campaign commercial Tuesday.
In the ad, which his campaign says will run state-wide in Missouri, the Republican congressman says that "I was taught there was nothing you couldn't achieve through education and hard work. But now that America's threatened, irresponsible spending and crippling debt are killing jobs today and our children's future tomorrow. That's wrong and I'll fight to change it."
Blunt, who represents Missouri's seventh congressional district, in the southwest part of the state, is the overwhelming favorite in next month's GOP Senate primary against state senator Chuck Purgason.