This new ad from Linda McMahon ...
... seems to be backfiring
McMahon’s staff recently found themselves having to explain on Facebook that the Republican running for U.S. Senate does in fact support a Republican for president. [...]
“You just lost my vote endorsing Obama,” one Facebook user posting as Mark Gery said in the comment section of a recent picture of McMahon on a jobs tour.
“I REALLY didn’t like her ads about Obama votes who were voting for her as well. If she is so attached at the hip with the Obama administration that she would put out an ad like that, I’ll leave her slot blank,” another user posting as Ellen Collins said. [...]
But Facebook isn’t the only place Republicans are letting their feelings about the ad be known. Jerry Labriola, the state Republican Party chairman, said Republicans have been calling state central with their concerns. He said it’s generated the highest volume of calls he’s seen since becoming chairman.
So she's pissing off Republicans (not that there are a lot of them in Connecticut, which is why she ran the ad in the first place), but is she converting many Democrats? Not according to new polling for the DSCC
. It finds Murphy with a six-point lead, 46-40. And:
A polling memo indicates that McMahon does no better among Democrats than Murphy does among Republicans, with each receiving 15 percent support from the other's party. In a state that President Obama is favored to win easily, McMahon needs ticket-splitters -- as indicated by her recent ad featuring people saying they plan to vote for the president and McMahon.
The high number of undecideds is still a problem, but what's very good in this poll (besides his six point lead) is the favorable/unfavorables for both candidates. Much of the $27.3 million
she's loaned to herself for this campaign has been spent on negative ads intent on destroying Murphy. This poll shows that it hasn't done the job: "47 percent of respondents view him favorably to 43 percent who see him unfavorably." McMahon, on the other hand, is underwater, "with 41 percent seeing her favorably and 52 percent unfavorably."
McMahon is a political chameleon who seems to think she can simultaneously court tea partiers and Democrats and for whom crafting a coherent policy seems to be less than an afterthought for her. Despite all of the money she's pouring into buying this seat, she's having a very hard time closing the deal with voters. That could be because she just can't conceal just how craven she is.
Please send Chris Murphy $3 on ActBlue.