A new campaign ad by Colorado House candidate Cory Gardner misses the mark... by hitting the wrong Markey.
The Republican's 30-second spot attacks Democratic incumbent Betsy Markey for backing President Obama's 2010 spending plan. Except Betsy Markey, a conservative "Blue Dog" Dem, voted against the president's budget.
Gardner, a state representative, may have been thinking of Rep. Ed Markey, a Democrat who voted for the budget. The problem is Ed Markey represents Massachusetts.
Not surprisingly, Betsy Markey's camp has gleefully jumped on the goof as an example of Gardner being out of touch.
"Rep. Gardner's new attack ad is lousy with the same already-debunked lies and misleading claims, but if there were degrees of 'false', this one takes the cake," Markey spokesman Ben Marter said in a release obtained by the blog Colorado Pols.
"Colorado deserves better than Gardner's half-baked hit jobs," said Marter, who added this zinger: "Frankly, Massachusetts deserves better too."
Gardner's campaign hasn't commented on the mistake.
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