The newest ad from Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in the NY-23 special election, stars none other than former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN), a presidential candidate from the 2007/2008 Republican primaries.
"Big government, high taxes, deficits, broken promises -- America is in trouble," Thompson says. "So when your grandchildren ask you why you didn't do something, be able to tell them that you voted for Doug Hoffman."
Thompson had previously endorsed Hoffman, joining a long list of conservative Republicans rebelling against the party for picking a socially-liberal and union-friendly candidate, Republican state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. But actually starring in a TV ad is taking the right-wing uprising to a whole new level.