(VIDEOS) Fields Ad Says Striking Deer More Likely Than Ellison Bill Passing
MN congressman, GOP rival issue YouTubes.
A new, web-only "Super Bowl ad" from GOP congressional candidate Chris Fields hits U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) for having few of his bills pass.
The ad, titled "We Deserve Better", has music (but no voiceover) accompanying a series of images of Ellison—including a recent photo of the congressman on the floor of the House of Representatives holding an Elmo doll—and this on-screen text:
"Meet career politician Keith Ellison. He's good at giving speeches. He gives a lot of interviews. And he has a lot of friends. But what has he accomplished? Not much. Since 2010 Rep. Ellison has authored or co-authored 302 bills in Congress. Only 3 of these 302 bills have become law. Less than a 1% success rate. In the next two years you have a greater chance of hitting a deer in Minnesota than Keith Ellison has of passing a bill in Washington. We deserve better."
The ad's fine print cites Zuma, a news agency; Fox News; and GovTrack.us as sources for its claims.
It's not the first time in recent years that a Minnesota politician has made use of deer vs. vehicle crash statistics: In his 2009 State of the State Address, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said "almost every one of us has hit a deer with our car."
Fields' ad appears, however, to be the first from the trio of Republican challengers to Ellison. DFLer Gary Boisclair has released graphic anti-abortion and anti-Islam ads that like Fields are so far online-only.
Watts was in town to campaign on behalf of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential bid, ahead of Minnesota party caucuses Tuesday.
Ellison Revamps Website
Meanwhile, Ellison unveiled a redesign of his official government website, with a higher profile for social media and multimedia—in a work week when new clips of him appeared at YouTube almost daily:
- Welcome to My New Website
- Ellison on MSNBC discussing his bill to constitutionally curtail Super PACs
- Ellison on WCCO-TV discussing voting rights and payroll tax cuts
- Ellison on the House floor discussing long-term care for senior citizens