Roy Carter to Virginia Foxx: GAME ON!

Roy Carter took his battle for Virginia Foxx's seat in Congress to the airwaves last night, running this ad in the district during Barack Obama's triumphant acceptance speech and ESPN's coverage of Wake Forest's decimation of Baylor.

This, from the press release:

Neither of Mrs. Foxx's past two Democratic challengers (Jim Harrell in 2004 nor Roger Sharpe in 2006) ran aggressive television ads in their campaigns against her.

The Carter campaign believes that this ad, with its emphasis on name recognition and personality branding, will close the distance her previous challengers were unable to: 18 points for Harrell and 12 points for Sharpe.

The latest poll shows Carter within ten percentage points of Foxx before either has done any considerable advertising, aside from Congresswoman Foxx's nearly constant taxpayer financed discretionary mailers, on which she spent over $300,000 tax dollars last year.

I've just finished a week of previewing this ad at fundraisers for Roy and my pitch can be distilled to this:

This is the most AFFORDABLE winnable Congressional challenge in the state of North Carolina this year. It's a gimme. And it can be gotten for a fraction of what Virginia Foxx will spend to defend it.

But we need to stay on TV with this ad and even more direct, brutal messages in the weeks to follow. Ads that tie the lifeless body of her criminal Congressional Record to the back of a donkey cart and drag it through the streets of Mt Airy and Wilkesboro, Winston-Salem, Lewisville, Boone and Statesville.

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Could Carter be the next Kissell? Or, this Kissell?

Can Carter get the word out to enough Democrats? Is obama focusing GOTV in his neck of the woods?

I don't think that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans, I just think he doesn't know.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

With all due respect to Larry

He's got the DCCC behind him. Roy doesn't.

So my fear is that Roy will be the Larry Kissell of 2006. And the danger is that the party will be sitting around on November 5th going "Oh Shit. We could have won that one too if we'd shot those guys some cash to run a nominal TV campaign against this total bat of an unpopular incumbent."

Remember: the TV dynamics are wildly more affordable here in the 5th. No Charlotte market prices. And no bazillionaire Robin Hayes.

Just awkward, 399th in the Congress, left swinging in the wind by her party to fend for herself Virginia Foxx. Not an impossible dream by any stretch of the imagination.

Tight ad!

Very well done.

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Great ad!

It's cute...and I mean that in the best possible way!

Awesome ad, Frank.

You continue to amaze us. I agree with you on this seat being fully attainable. If our primaries taught us anything, TV is terribly terribly important. I hope we can all pitch in to fund this.

Some Thoughts

I worked very closely with Roger Sharpe in 2006 and still talk to him once in a while today (he is currently living in DC). I also speak with Roger's old campaign manager who is currently residing in VA's 5th district and working hard for Tom Perriello.

We all agree that the missing link in 06 was the lack of funds to build a TV presence. In public, we were great, but we were missing out on the broad, captive audience that television provides.

My opinion after the loss was that the longer Foxx stayed in office, the harder she would be to remove. But the Carter folks (who I volunteer with, full disclosure) are running an extremely efficient campaign and if they can get on TV and maintain a presence there (Foxx will barrage the airwaves late in the race), this has the potential to be the upset of the season.

Finally, utilizing the coach aspect smack dab in the middle of football season can't hurt. What I'd really like to see is an ad featuring some of his former players extolling the values and work-ethic that Coach Carter instilled in them.(HINT)

Nice work, guys!


I was glad to see that this also garnished some press.

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

crazy like a foxx

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

I'm an idealist without illusions. JFK

Wow. Just wow. That

Wow. Just wow. That cross-eyes women wearing lunch-lady shoes represents citizens of North Carolina. That's just not right.