Updated with two new ads below
A new ad from Republican Matt Doheny's congressional campaign follows the age-old rule: The best defense is a good offense.
Mr. Doheny's campaign has been under assault from his Nov. 6 opponent, Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, for his connections to Wall Street investment firms. A brutal Owens ad called Four Islands attempted to link Mr. Doheny to Manhattan, the Caymans and his own private islands (much more on this later).
Mr. Doheny's response? You've got an island problem of your own.
The ad makes reference to this fantastic ProPublica story that pulled back the curtain on lobbyists arranging Mr. Owens' trip in apparent violation of House ethics rules.
Mr. Owens took a $22,132 trip with his wife, Jane, to Taiwan that was later questioned by good-government groups. Mr. Owens quickly refunded the full cost of the trip.
To the Doheny campaign, that means he tried to "buy his way out of trouble."
It was only a matter of time before this came up, so one could hardly call it an October surprise.
The Doheny campaign also released an advertisement starring Kay Doheny, his charming mom who is on both Medicare and Social Security.
Mrs. Doheny says that Democrats are lying about Mr. Doheny's position on Medicare (Democrats say that Mr. Doheny wants to privatize the program; Mr. Doheny says he wants to allow more private competition).
And the seniors complain that Mr. Owens voted to cut Medicare.
PolitiFact rates such claims half-true. It reduces future spending on the Medicare program, and in doing so actually lengthens the life of the program. But as one of the seniors at Mrs. Doheny's roundtable notes, the spending reductions do target Medicare Advantage.
Here's that ad:
And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is up with a spot, too, along much of the same Obamacare lines. Here's the Washington Post's Ezra Klein on whether Obamacare will raise premiums.