May 25th, 2010
07:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Union slams Lincoln as D.C. insider in new ad

A new AFSCME ad paints Sen. Blanche Lincoln as a Washington insider.

A new AFSCME ad paints Sen. Blanche Lincoln as a Washington insider.

Washington (CNN) – A political ad featuring a moving truck and miles of highway made its debut Tuesday on Arkansas airwaves, painting incumbent Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln as an out of touch Beltway insider who has left her constituents behind and moved to Washington.

The 60-second spot comes courtesy of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a major labor union and supporter of Arkansas Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter, Lincoln's Democratic opponent.

Lincoln was forced into a June 8 run-off with Halter after neither candidate captured 50 percent of the vote in last week's Democratic primary.

Labor unions have played an active role in the race, portraying Lincoln as a Washington insider out of touch with Arkansas Democrats – a charge Lincoln has responded to by pointing out that many of the labor unions, including AFSCME, are based in Washington, D.C. themselves.

But that hasn't stopped the union attacks.

"When Blanche Lincoln moved her family full time to Washington, D.C., she quickly became part of the place," the spot's narrator says. "And that's the problem."

The ad is set to run in Arkansas' three biggest media markets until the June 8 runoff, according to AFSCME deputy political director Ricky Feller.

Feller also said the $855,000 buy represents a significant chunk of the $1.4 million that the union plans to spend on the race, with the rest of the funds invested in the union's ground game and radio ads.

The ad's moving motif runs throughout, depicting a moving van speeding past billboard-like graphics that tie Lincoln to oil and insurance companies.

"She was on the move all right," the narrator says of Lincoln. "Cozying up to the lobbyists, their big money and influence, Goldman Sachs and the other Wall Street banks, big insurance companies like Blue Cross, big oil insiders: BP, Texaco, and Amoco and the like. She took their money, did their bidding, moved up, the Washington way."

The Lincoln campaign did not respond to CNN requests for comment, but did post a new ad on their website Tuesday titled "Breaking News!" that touts Lincoln's role in passing Wall Street reform legislation.

In the 30-second spot, a narrator says Lincoln is "standing firm, for Arkansas, for historic change."

Another Lincoln ad titled "Instead" lists key pieces of legislation that Lincoln has supported before alleging that Halter's company outsourced jobs to India.

Filed under: 2010 • Arkansas • Bill Halter • Blanche Lincoln
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    All I want to say is OUT WITH ALL THE BLUE DOGS.

    May 25, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Susan

    Republicans just don't get it.......they never will........they will continue their stonewalling, fillerbustering, their unwillingness to work with this administration because they are racist, and radicals, poor losers, and still the party of NO NO......what makes you think if they every won back the House and Senate or the WH they would do anything different.....they have No Agenda but to try to make this President Fail and I hope that what they are trying to do to him will come back and bite everyone of them in the butt......and that everyone of them FAIL

    May 25, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Ron in California

    When a Union supports a candidate it isn' free. Can you spell quid pro quo? Watch out Arkansa

    May 25, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. RTB

    Send Blanche Lincoln packing. She is a part of the problem. Those republicans dressed up "like a democrat" have caused so much turmoil.

    Elect a real Democrat.
    One who will walk the walk.

    May 25, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |