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September 05, 2008

New ad ties Obama to disgraced Detroit mayor

Last month, we speculated how scandal-plagued Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, now heading to jail after pleading guilty to two felonies, could impact Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in the Wolverine State.

Now a conservative organization, Freedom’s Defense Fund, is already airing a hard-hitting ad that makes an explicit connection between the two.

More, from Newsweek:

It came 16 months ago, as Obama was launching his campaign for president with a scalding speech to the Detroit Economic Club upbraiding Detroit's automakers for not building more fuel-efficient cars. But while that speech gave Obama green street-cred, his praise of Kilpatrick as a "great mayor" who will do "astounding things for many years to come" backfired. As Kilpatrick now heads to jail for four months, for obstruction of justice, two attack ads have already appeared on the Web replaying Obama's Kwame moment. One, produced by the conservative Freedom's Defense Fund and soon going into heavy rotation on Detroit TV stations, shows Kilpatrick's mug shot, as the 10 felonies he faced scroll down the screen while Obama says, "I'm grateful to call him a friend." The ad ends ominously with the line: "You should know who Obama's friends are."