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September 02, 2008

NRSC attacks Merkley for Georgia confusion

The NRSC is taking full advantage of Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley’s (D) past confusion over the Georgia-Russia conflict — not to mention his sloppy table manners.

The committee is just up with an ad featuring the embarrassing footage of Merkley being stumped when asked “what was going on in Georgia” at a campaign event two days after the fighting between Russia and Georgia began. Making matters worse,  Merkley is chewing a hot dog while attempting to the answer the question.

“When you need a moment during a Russian invasion, chew it over with Jeff Merkley,” the ad concludes.

Merkley, the Oregon House speaker, is running against Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents.