Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), who is in a heated Democratic primary runoff for June 8 with the more liberal Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, has a new pair of TV and radio ads for the home stretch of the campaign -- proudly declaring her independence from the labor unions that have backed her opponent.
"I'm Blanche Lincoln, and I know you're angry at Washington. Believe me, I heard you on May 18. I'm even being attacked for where my family lives," Lincoln says in the TV ad, referring to the first-round primary in which she came in first place with 45%, but with less than the 50% needed to win. She is also apparently referring to the Halter campaign's gloating over Lincoln's initial trouble voting in the primary
, after she had sent away for an absentee ballot and had not mailed it back. "But I won't back down to the Washington unions or the Wall Street banks that don't care about Arkansas."
In the radio ad, Lincoln proudly declares: "I know many of you are angry at Washington, but I always try to do what's right for Arkansas. The Wall Street bankers are mad because I forced them to accept real reform that threatened their enormous profits. The labor unions are spending millions of dollars against me because I won't vote with them 100% of the time. Well, my vote isn't for sale and yours shouldn't be either."
The TPM Poll Average gives Halter a lead of 47.3%-44.7%.