Updated at 5:15 p.m.
A day after the Boston Globe's Frank Phillips wrote a story about pressure on Elizabeth Warren to focus more directly on Sen. Scott Brown in her ads, the campaign did just that: Their newest ad features famed boxer Micky Ward's old trainer drawing a contrast between the two candidates.
"We can spot the real fighters here in this gym," says Art Ramalho, Ward's first trainer, as he talks from West End Gym. "And Elizabeth Warren is a real fighter. I don't know about Scott Brown. He's been siding with the big money guys. Tax cuts for millionaires? That's not gonna help people around here. I think Scott Brown is with the big corporations."
Ward was the subject of the 2010 movie "The Fighter," where he was played by Mark Wahlberg. Ward grew up in Lowell and still resides there. His bio refers to him "a working class hero, a blue-collar athlete" -- and the ad appears to be aimed at the blue collar voters Brown appeals to. Ward himself was slated to endorse Brown in late August, but changed his mind.
This is the first negative ad from either candidate in the race, and Brown on Wednesday released a statement saying he was "disappointed" at the Globe story indicating Warren might go negative soon. After the ad came out, he released another statement saying Warren's "misleading and untrue attacks against me are a sign of desperation from an increasingly desperate and flailing campaign."