While the DCCC and other national committees primarily concentrate on attacking the other side, Democrats' decision to help buck up Enyart makes sense. He has had just over two months to build up name identification and has never appeared on a ballot in the district; by contrast, Republican nominee Jason Plummer ran for lieutenant governor in 2010 and began his congressional campaign in October of last year. Enyart released his first TV ad earlier this week, too, and the combined exposure should help vault him into voters' minds as the fall stretch run approaches. The DCCC's ad features several video clips of Enyart talking to seniors, hunters, and others as a narrator speaks. They look like the kind of shots a campaign -- not an outside group forbidden from coordinating with candidates -- would prepare in a video shoot, and indeed, the footage appears to come from B-roll of Enyart that Enyart's campaign has posted publicly on YouTube. (Enyart's own ad uses some of those clips, too.) As Sean Sullivan wrote here in June, this tactic is proliferating as candidates try to ensure they can get the help they need on TV from outside groups, even though they can't -- and don't -- officially coordinate with them.
DCCC Goes Positive for Enyart in Illinois
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