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September 23, 2008

New ad hammers Shays on economy

Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) is seeing his own words declaring that the economy is “fundamentally strong” being used against him, in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s latest attack ad.

The ad transposes Shays’ comments -- made earlier this month in an interview with the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC – with nearly-identical comments made by President Bush and John McCain.

“After twenty one years in Washington, nearly eighty thousand dollars in pay raises, wanting to risk our Social Security in the stock market, Chris Shays has lost touch,” the narrator says in the ad.

The recent woes on Wall Street particularly resonate in Shays’ southwestern Connecticut district. A significant number of his constituents work in Manhattan’s financial sector, which has been devastated by the recent collapse of investment banks Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns.

Shays is facing a well-funded challenge from his Democratic opponent Jim Himes, who served as a vice president for Goldman Sachs before becoming an executive for a non-profit organization fighting urban poverty.

UPDATE:  The DCCC is also airing a similar-themed ad against the Republican nominee, Chris Myers, in New Jersey's Third District.  This ad uses an April interview from Myers saying the "economy is basically strong."