A political TV ad railing against Nancy Pelosi and President Obama would hardly be out of place this election season. But from a Democrat?
Rep. Joe Donnelly, a sophomore Blue Dog Democrat from Indiana’s 2nd district who’s facing a tough challenge from state Rep. Jackie Walorski, is out with a new campaign ad targeting House Speaker Pelosi and President Obama for belonging to the “Washington crowd.” The focus of the 30-second ad is immigration, with Donnelly voicing support for efforts to secure the border and opposition to legislation that would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
“Because no one should be ever rewarded for breaking the law,” Donnelly says in the ad. “That may not be what the Washington crowd wants. But I don’t work for them. I work for you.” As Donnelly says the words “Washington crowd,” the ad pans over a photograph of President Obama, Pelosi, and House Minority Leader John Boehner.The spot demonstrates just how potent the immigration issue has become nationwide (as Greg Sargent marvels, “The guy is from Indiana!”). It’s also a sign that some Democrats hoping to be elected this fall might go out of their way to distance themselves from the president.
Watch the ad: