OH-05: New Club for Growth TV Ad Calls Latta (R) "Liberal" Three Times
In a sign of how truly divorced from reality an organization of ideological zealots can be, the Club for Growth will release an attack ad tomorrow that calls State Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) "liberal" not once, not twice, but three times in a 30 second TV spot:
The organization says this is a $100,000 ad buy on cable and broadcast television. From the press release:
“Unable to defend his tax-hiking record, Bob Latta has tried to destroy Steve Buehrer’s character by attacking Buehrer for things he did himself,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “The Club for Growth PAC ad sets the record straight. The truth is, in addition to voting for the largest tax and spending increase in Ohio state history, Bob Latta took money from scandal-tainted Tom Noe and voted for a gas tax hike in 2003. It appears that Bob Latta is willing to say anything to try to get elected.”
By any reasonable measure, Latta is a conservative politican, period. He has a lifetime A+ rating from the NRA, a 100% voting record with Ohio Right to Life, and received the "Watchdog of the Treasury" award three times. This effort to portray an ideological Grand Canyon between the two candidates is simply astonishing. Whether calling Latta a liberal three times in a TV spot will have any traction with Republican voters, or just diminish the credibility of the Club for Growth, remains to be seen.