SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, one of the two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate here against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), on Wednesday introduced three positive television ads for his supporters to vote on–and is asking the grassroots to decide which one he puts on the air for the final three weeks of the campaign.
“Louisianans are throwing up their hands daily and saying ‘there they go again!’ We saw it in the debate last night, and we’ve seen it on our TV sets for months now,” Maness said in a statement. “My two Washington-backed opponents have spent more than $10 million of negative advertising, and voters are just sick and tired of the same old uninspiring, D.C. consultant driven, negative silly slap fights — Louisianans deserve better. From the start, our campaign has been focused on engaging voters on the issues that matter most and providing positive conservative #SolutionForUs to address the challenges we face. This campaign has always been about us Louisianans, so let’s make this next decision together.”
The three television ads grassroots supporters can choose from are titled “Truck,” “Other Guy” and “Resilient.”
In the “Truck” ad, Maness is seen washing and tuning up his Ford pickup truck that he’s driven for 81,000-plus miles all across Louisiana this campaign cycle–visiting all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.
“After driving to all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, my truck reminds me of our country under Obama,” Maness says in the ad. “It’s running on empty, needs a tuneup and a good wash. Washington politicians can’t fix our problems or our trucks. Thanks to them we’ve got crushing deficits, porous borders and Obamacare. As Louisiana’s Senator, I’ll always put Louisiana over Washington and I’ll make Obamacare road kill.”
WATCH “TRUCK” AD:
In “Other Guy,” an elderly couple is seen watching television while sitting in reclining chairs in their living room.
“I’m sick of nasty politic ads,” the woman says, while ads from Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)–the other Republican in this race–play across the screen, and her husband groans while trying to change the channel with the remote control. “We’ve got to vote for the other guy for Senate.”
“Col. Rob Maness,” the woman replies to which the man nods in agreement. “Col. Maness will protect our gun rights, secure our borders, and he’s the only one with the guts to stand up to Obama. Let’s send Washington politics a message.”
At that point, the husband grabs his shotgun and fires a round right through the television screen.
“All I meant was let’s send them Rob Maness,” the woman says as smoke fills the room and her husband chuckles.
“My man,” the husband says.
WATCH “OTHER GUY” AD:
In the third ad, “Resilient,” images of Louisiana voters come across the screen as Maness narrates: “Louisianans are tough. We never give up no matter the odds.”
“We’re people of faith, heart, courage, resilience,” Maness continues as images of veterans and Hurricane Katrina victims move across the screen. “When the chips were down and the world thought we were done, we joined together to prove them wrong.”
“I’m retired Col. Rob Maness and I approved this message because we can overcome the Washington politics in this campaign and we can do it together,” Maness adds as images of Cassidy and Landrieu come on the screen. “A little real Louisiana will help fix a lot of wrong in Washington. Let’s do this Louisiana.”
WATCH “RESILIENT” AD:
Maness has gotten some late campaign boosts lately, with a strong showing in Tuesday evening’s debate, extra energy from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, an endorsement from radio’s Mark Levin and some kind words from powerful political operatives like Mary Matalin. Landrieu has struggled to distance herself from President Obama in a state where even she admits the president is fairly unpopular–and she came out publicly Tuesday evening against President Obama’s planned executive amnesty–and Cassidy has taken some hits from the liberal media as of late too, with Politico questioning on Wednesday in its lead story if Cassidy is “too boring” for Louisiana politics.