‘82 GOV nominee/ex-U.S. Atty Roxanne Conlin (D) is up with her first TV ad, produced by Ralston Lapp Media. Full script, “Taking On“:
CONLIN: “I’m Roxanne Coinlin. Taking on the special interests has been the cause of my life. Like taking on the big banks, to help family farms at risk of foreclosure. As a prosecutor, I took on corrupt politicians, and corporations who violated the public trust. I’m running for U.S. Senate to take this fight to Washington. Fight for relief on Main Street, not more bailouts for Wall Street. Because the special interests have had their turn. Now, it’s our turn. I’m Roxanne Conlin, and I approve this message” (release, 5/21).
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Taking To The Street
Wall Street reform “has become a big issue” in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R) “tougher-than-expected re-election campaign.” Grassley “surprised” observers when he voted for tough new restrictions on derivatives trading that passed out of the Ag. Cmte.
Grassley “surprised observers again” 5/20 “when he joined” three centrist GOPers from New England “to pass a sweeping Wall Street reform.” Dems believe Grassley sided with them because of pressure at home.
Conlin consultant John Lapp: “This is a race about a guy who has been on the side of special interests, has received money from the special interests and spent his time opposing real reform.” Conlin “has made Wall Street reform a high-profile issue as she’s traveled” to all of IA’s 99 cos. to campaign against Grassley.
Grassley spokesperson Jill Kozeny said Grassley has been working to increase gov’t oversight of Wall Street since Congress passed a $700B bailout package. Kozeny: “Grassley has been working to hold Wall Street accountable since winter of 2008.” Conlin’s advisers say they will press Grassley on his ties to banks and other special interests despite his vote for reform. Lapp: “An election-year flip-flop on Wall Street reform can’t hide Sen. Grassley’s record of voting with the special interests for 30 years.”
Grassley’s camp, however, says this line of attack is absurd coming from Conlin, who served as first woman president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Grassley strategist John Maxwell: “She was head one of the biggest, most powerful special interests in America. It’s laughable that she’s somehow divorced from special interests” (Bolton, The Hill, 5/24).
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