Predictably, the Senate campaign of Democrat Joe Manchin has seized on an ad produced by the National Republican Senatorial Committee which called for 'hicky' looking blue collar actors to play every-day West Virginians. Manchin put out his own ad this weekend, calling the GOP portrayal "insulting" and asserting that Republican candidate John Raese "thinks we're hicks."
The company making the GOP ad had put out a casting call, looking for actors to play guys in worn baseball hats, flannel shirts and work boots -- a 'hicky' look -- sitting in a diner and predicting that Democrat Manchin, if elected, would be a liberal rubber stamp for President Obama. To make matters worse, the commercial was filmed in Philadelphia, not West Virginia where Manchin currently serves as governor. When the story broke, the Republican committee pulled the ad, but it was too late.
Although Raese's own campaign did not produce the questionable piece, he suffered the consequences when Manchin counter-attacked Saturday, appealing to Mountain State pride. After replaying part of the GOP senatorial committee ad, a narrator in the Manchin commercial declares, "obviously, we're not good enough for him (Raese)."
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