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September 09, 2008

The Dangers Of A Tracker

Go to virtually any campaign event this year and you'll see someone in the back of the room filming a candidate's speech. That person may be employed by the candidate's opponent, who can later use any embarrassing footage in advertisements. Remember George Allen's Macaca moment?

Candidates should watch out for those trackers. In the age of YouTube, everything can come back to haunt.

The latest to find that out the hard way is North Carolina Democrat Larry Kissell, who came within just a few hundred votes of upsetting Rep. Robin Hayes in 2006.

Hayes is out with a new advertisement featuring footage of Kissell saying he is "not for drilling off the coast of North Carolina." Hayes advocates for offshore drilling: "Let's use our resources and create jobs for our workers. We shouldn't be held hostage by countries that really don't like us," he says.

See the ad here:

Kissell's first ad, released in early August, slammed Hayes for being in Congress while gas prices rose almost $3 per gallon. But Kissell's own voice, recorded in April before gas prices exploded to the top of the national consciousness, could be stronger than any television ad voters in North Carolina's Eighth District see this year.

Kissell's first ad: