March 12th, 2010
06:35 PM ET
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Abramoff, DeLay appear in new DNC ad

A new DNC ad airing in Washington targets Republicans on ethics.

A new DNC ad airing in Washington targets Republicans on ethics.

Washington (CNN) - With Democrats like Eric Massa and Charlie Rangel stealing headlines, Republicans want to talk about ethics.

The Democratic National Committee is happy to oblige.

The DNC has launched a new TV ad, airing on cable channels in Washington, D.C., called "GOP: Racked by Scandal." The 30-second spot is a response to an ad launched earlier this week by the Republican National Committee, attacking Democrats over the ethics questions surrounding Massa and Rangel.

The new ad hits back at Republicans, flashing images of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who stepped down in 2005 under a cloud of legal problems.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is presiding over "a caucus racked by scandal," the ad's narrator claims, as viewers are reminded of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's prostitution scandal and an FBI investigation into Nevada Sen. John Ensign.

"Mitch McConnell and Michael Steele, they have done nothing to hold them accountable," the ad says. "After years of scandal, tell Republicans it's time to clean up their act."

UPDATE: RNC spokesman Doug Heye responded to the new ad.

"At the risk of providing Democrats some advice, the very week the words 'tickle fight' were thrust into the American political lexicon might not be the best time for Democrats to highlight ethics issues," Heye told CNN.

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. MsDp

    I love it DNC! It's about time we start to kick butts and throw some punches back at the GOP. Now, I believe we have some back bone or should I say some SPINE. I'm proud to be a Democrat . Practice makes perfect just in time for the elections. Fired up, ready to go-LET'S GO!!

    March 12, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. AnProf

    The difference is this:
    The GOP quickly moves when corruption is uncovered in their midst to oust wrong-doers.
    The Dems circle wagons and rationalize.

    March 12, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Bill

    All I know is there is enough dirty laundry to go around...No Simon Pure this bunch. They ALL need to be recycled with new ideas and new faces. Pelosi's is getting mighty old and saggy...and that's just for starters.

    March 12, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. LoveThyNeighbor

    Don't forget Sanford, Foley, Libby,...

    March 12, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |

    DNC must be ready, i mean fully ready to match GOP dollar for dollar in any type of negative advertisment. These people do not have the interest of the common man in their agenda.

    March 12, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Kim

    Very Trouble-some. "Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Nothing will be done.

    March 12, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. acfaber291

    what should be out there is RAHM EMANUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    he is the connection between FOLEY & MASSA.

    Emanuel and Bill Burton were the glue in the FOLEY deal.
    MASSSA appears to be taking showers with EMANUEL.

    is EMANUEL gay?

    March 12, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Brandon

    The difference between Dem and Rep. Dem realize that people are not perfect and do not claim to be perfect themselves. The Rep demonize people for the imperfections that they themselves do and have. I do not like the Republicans because of this.

    March 12, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. m smith

    this whole thing is getting to be silly. But the repos sure can't take the heat when they start the fight they better be able to take it. Both sides would be better off to say nothing. Some of the comments here are just plaine stupid. Monster zero that name is very appropriate. Big O . We need to spend more time on getting the economy moving an less on name calling.

    March 12, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Folks, all we are doing is defending and cheering the best of the worst We are actually proud of that?

    This is what all this sniping sounds like:

    "my party sucks just a little bit less than your

    "No mine does!"

    Congratulations America! We used to celebrate the best of the best! No longer!

    March 12, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. capnmike

    From Watergate, to Lying us into Iraq, to floods of lies about Health Care and Obama, the Republican party has been the party of Greater Dishonesty...And sex scandals too numerous to list, which make Bill Clinton look like an angel. The Republican party should disband...they no longer deserve to represent the American people.

    March 12, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. ib

    The demo's cover up and leave their people in chairmanships until they are forced to do something while the GOP moves their's out. That's the only difference.

    March 12, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. GaryB

    Since the Republicans cast the first stone this time around, I think someone should have reminded them about that old adage about glass houses.

    March 12, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Albo58

    sure, there have been thieves and thugs from both partys over the years, but after the last 15 months of unmitigated disaster, I'm disgusted that the shameless Dimwit sheeple on this commentary would want to get into an "our side is better than your side" debate! Just when our country really needs competent and effective leadership with sound ideas for economic recovery the most, we got a charlatan President and totally inept Congressional majority! Out with the lot of them!

    March 12, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. They call me "tater salad"

    What about Mark Foley? How about Mark Sanford or ole whats his name, Senator "airport bathroom" Davis? Vitter? Ensign? Gingrich? I could go on all day!..............NEXT!!!

    March 12, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    When will they stop attacking each other and start attacking the problems??????????????

    March 12, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. dave

    Pointing fingers at the other party will never fix this. Until one party actually makes a public effort to clean up their party regardless of the other party, nothing will change. You can't fix the opposing party, only your own.

    March 12, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Michael T

    The Democrats preaching against corruption is not even laughable. It just shows how detached they are from reality. In their reality, the rules and ethics they hold Republicans up to do not apply to Democrats themselves. Their best excuse to justify their corruption is that the GOP did it so we can too but we can do more and still preach against it.

    March 12, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Chris in Va.

    Can't they just DO THIER JOBS!!??!!?? This "I know you are but what am I " crap is beyond juvenile. Thay are ALL theives and crooks, the majority being lawyers and doctors.

    March 12, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Steve in North Carolina

    While everybody wants to take their political party favrorite's side, the fact is they both have shameful representatives. The fault lies with the idiots that keep re-electing them. There are plenty of issues on both sides of the aisle.

    Want to clean it up people? Start voting for people with character!

    March 12, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. RC

    Both sides are equally dirty...period! For those of you who said the Dems backed down out of their position, did you conveniently forget all of the Obama nominees and Lib congressman who "forgot' to pay their taxes. They are all still in office

    March 12, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. D.D.

    Is Delay going to prison and is Ensigngoing to resign and is there any vote that the GOP will vote affirminative besides trying to catch Nancy Peloski?

    March 12, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Democrats are only doing this because they need to fight back.

    What exactly is the purpose of Republicans persuing investigations on a nut like Massa, other than throwing the Hill off focus on current issues? The whole Massa thing feels like tabloid news. Republicans would rather persue tabloid expose's than actually work on what they were put in office for.

    Congress is a joke. Republicans suffer from lack of leadership, so all they can do is disrupt and destroy. Yes they are making gains in damaging the current party in power... but they are making fools of themselves in the process. Kick the bums out in November! Americans will send a clear message this stupidity will not be tolerated!

    March 12, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Dan

    Then the Kettle turned to the Pot and said "So are you."

    March 12, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Beachbum3

    The real bad an shamful thing about all of this corruption from both partys is that it appears that neither party is realy an truely instrested doing the peoples business but only in filling their own personal pockets with coporate welfare for them with fraud against the people an the taxpayers of this nation. There used to be such an out-rage over the minorities in this country receiving personnal welfare why is there not this same outrage over the back door dealings with coporate america an their crooked lobbyist to the point of effectively puting ameria up for sale to the highest bidder where that each lobbyist own special insterst group that is respresented is getting what it want but at the expense of the taxpayers of america. where is th truth,intergerity, an ethics that used to domanate the u.s congress when we used to have true statesmen an not just a congressman or senator. i feel sure that thomas jefferson an ben franklin an other real stesmen of their day would be throughly ashame of these so call respresentives of the people in the us congress an the us senata today thank you

    March 12, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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