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August 20, 2008

Kirk reminds voters of gas giveaway in new ad

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is the latest Republican congressman to go up with an advertisement focused on energy, but this one also tweaks his Democratic opponent for holding a gas giveaway earlier this year.

Kirk’s second ad goes after Dan Seals for a promotion that didn’t go quite according to plan. To highlight the high price of gas, Seals’ campaign held an campaign event in May subsidizing the price to $1.85 – what it was when Kirk was first elected. But the promotion caused a sizable traffic jam, hamstringing the local police force.

“Dan Seals: His stunt wasted more gas than it saved,” the ad says. “Mark Kirk: longterm solutions, not campaign stunts.”

It’s notable that Kirk is going negative against Seals fairly early in the campaign, and shows that he can’t simply win re-election in a Democratic-leaning district by talking about his own record. Kirk defeated Seals by a six-point margin in 2006, but in his second time running, Seals is better-funded and has strong backing from the DCCC.

UPDATE: Seals campaign spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith e-mailed the campaign's reaction to the ad.

"It's no surprise that Mark Kirk is already going negative," Smith said. "All the advertisements in the world can't hide the fact that Mark Kirk represents more of the same, while voters in the 10th district are energized for change."