Rob Simmons’s New Ad: ‘I’m Still On The Ballot’ (VIDEO)

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July 22, 2010 1:09 p.m.

Here is the new ad in the Connecticut Senate race from former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT), who suspended his campaign in late May but is suddenly showing a new interest in the August 10 primary.

“Today, it’s important to vote with your heart and your head,” Simmons says, speaking to the camera. “Bailouts and tax increases have crippled the economy and cost us jobs. Small business is our backbone. Let’s help them. National security must remain strong. Put your trust in the candidate who is and will be an advocate for veterans. These issues will have a lasting effect on our children. In the Republican primary on August 10th, you do have a choice. I’m Rob Simmons, I’m still on the ballot, and I approved this message.”Simmons is spending the non-trivial sum of $350,000 on the ad, though even that pales in comparison to former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO and Republican frontrunner Lindia McMahon’s self-financing. The TPM Poll Average for the Republican primary shows McMahon with a lead of 43.4%-29.6% over Simmons plus 10.0% for financial commentator Peter Schiff. In the general election, McMahon trails Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal by 52.5%-38,8%, and Simmons trails Blumenthal by 52.7%-35.7%.

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