NJ-04: Listen to New Zeitz ad on Smith's Virginia Residency

Today, the Zeitz for Congress campaign unveiled a new radio advertisement titled "Eight Nights." The ad draws attention to Chris Smith's failure to live in New Jersey, having spent only eight nights in the state during 2007, and the recent revelation that Smith received nearly $80,000 in tuition breaks reserved only for official Virginia residents.

You can listen to the ad here.

"After twenty-eight years in Congress, Chris Smith has become a creature of Washington. The voters I speak with are shocked and outraged when they learn Chris Smith refuses to live in New Jersey and does not pay our high property taxes. For many of them, learning Smith receives in-state tuition discounts in Virginia is the final straw," said Josh Zeitz. "It's not too much to ask that our representative in Congress actually lives in New Jersey."

Key Facts:

   * Chris Smith spent only eight days in 2007. [PolitickerNJ 4/28/08]
    * Chris Smith is the only member of the New Jersey delegation to not own a home in New Jersey. [PolitickerNJ 4/28/08] He's saved nearly $60,000 in property taxes by living in Virginia.
    * Chris Smith receives in-state tuition benefits reserved only for official Virginia residents. [Politico 10/20/08]

Josh needs your help to defeat Chris Smith. Please consider volunteering as well as contributing to the campaign. To put it bluntly, the more money we can raise the more play this ad gets on the radio, and the more undecided voters we can reach. We also need volunteers to help get out the vote. To volunteer contact ian_at_joshzeitz_dot_com.

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Steve King calls Obama "socialist," pushes fake ACORN fraud story

Last weekend my fellow Iowa blogger 2laneIA published a comprehensive diary on Congressman Steve King's "greatest hits." Click the link to read about King's suggestion that we electrify the border fence with Mexico like we do "with livestock," his prediction that terrorists will be "dancing in the streets" if Obama becomes president, and his pride in working to scale back funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (which he calls Socialist Clinton-style Hillarycare for Illegals and their Parents). I mentioned a few more low points for King in this post.

Yesterday the man Ann Coulter calls "one of my favorites" helped warm up the crowd at a Sarah Palin rally in Sioux City. According to Iowa Independent, King suggested that electing Obama could be a step toward totalitarian rule:

"When you take a lurch to the left you end up in a totalitarian dictatorship," King said.  "There is no freedom to the left. It's always to our side of the aisle."

Sioux City Journal political correspondent Bret Hayworth wrote on his liveblog,

10:12 a.m.: King gives the first of what will be two speaking opportunities, this one the longer, for nine minutes. He lays out several versions of the words "liberal" and "socialist" in describing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He mentions the ACORN group and earns a big "Booooo." King said a Google search of "Acorn Fraud" gets you 2 million hits of possible stories.

King said it's not a stretch to link Obama to the ACORN group, since he worked for them in voting matters. "Obama is ACORN... When I see Obama, I see ACORN branded on his forehead," King said.

King has embarrassed Iowans with his bigotry and extremism for too long.

If he is re-elected, he won't just be an irritant for Iowans. King severely disrupted the House Judiciary Committee's efforts to question Douglas Feith in July, and I'm sure there will be more where that came from in the new Congress.

Iowa's fifth is an R+8 district, but Rob Hubler has a real shot in this race, for reasons I discussed here.

Send a message to Steve King by donating to Hubler for Congress.

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First public poll in IA-04: Latham 47, Greenwald 42

I suspected that Republican Congressman Tom Latham's internal polling must be showing a close race when he put up a negative tv ad on the bailout. Now the first public poll of Iowa's fourth district is out. Research 2000 for Daily Kos found this:

Tom Latham 47
Becky Greenwald 42
undecided 11

Click the link for the internals.

Interestingly, the same poll found John McCain leading Barack Obama in the fourth district by 46 to 42 percent. Given the many polls showing Obama above the 50 percent mark in Iowa, I would have thought Obama would be leading McCain in this D+0 district.

If Greenwald is doing as well in IA-04 as Obama, then I feel really good about our chances for an upset in this district. Obama's superior ground game could easily be worth several percentage points on election day.

Paging EMILY's list and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: please start spending some money on tv ads in this district! Greenwald has launched a good web ad recently, but she hasn't been on tv for the past ten days or so.

EMILY's List endorsed Greenwald last month, and the DCCC added her to Red to Blue in early October, but I am not aware of any independent expenditures on her behalf yet.   (UPDATE: Supposedly the United Auto Workers just went up on the air with an anti-Latham radio ad, but I haven't heard it and don't have a transcript.)

Please donate to Greenwald if you can.

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Republican Smear Machine gets Desperate in West Kentucky

Well, we all know that the Ed Whitfield campaign in Western Kentucky are thieves and vandals, led by a coward, but now they are desperate. After Heather started running ads in Hopkinsville, a story ran that accused Heather of "faking her own death". What??? You must read on.....

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Feel free to steal this idea

Sarah Palin is coming to Des Moines on Saturday, and the Iowa chairman of Veterans for Obama is organizing a clothing drive for Disabled American Veterans across the street from her rally. Great idea for a visibility event.

I noticed in the e-mail call for volunteers that the DAV apparently gives Barack Obama a 90 percent rating but only gives John McCain a 20 percent rating, presumably because of all the Senate votes he's missed this year.

Speaking of scorecards, the non-partisan Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America released their own scorecards for members of Congress recently.

McCain earned a D, because he did not co-sponsor the post-9/11 GI bill and voted for only three of the nine bills supported by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The only other senators to receive a D or lower from this group were Tom Coburn (R-OK), Jim DeMint (R-SC), and Mike Enzi (R-WY).

Obama earned a B for co-sponsoring the GI Bill and voting with veterans five out of nine times. Obama has also missed quite a few votes while campaigning this year, though not nearly as many as McCain.

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