A new television ad from Rep. Earl Pomeroy received national attention Tuesday and Wednesday, and it’s definitely a noteworthy campaign tactic by the nine-term incumbent who – like many other long-time Democratic incumbents – is facing a tough re-election bid this year as he runs against Republican challenger Rick Berg.
Here’s the ad, “Introduce,” which I first saw on Tuesday:
Here’s what the New York Times’ Ashley Parker wrote about the ad on Tuesday:
That Mr. Pomeroy, who is North Dakotaâ€™s lone House member and is running for his 10th term, is introducing himself to voters just a week out from Election Day is a sign of the tight race heâ€™s locked into with Rick Berg, a Republican state legislator.
And this is what ABC News’ Michael Falcone reported on Tuesday:
Hereâ€™s a tactic that one of the most at-risk House Democrats – North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy – is hoping will resonate with voters: just apologize.
â€œI know Iâ€™ve disappointed you with a vote here or there,â€ Pomeroy says in the spot. â€œBut you can always count on the fact that I do what I do for the right reason.â€
Politico’s Kasie Hunt wrote about the ad on Wednesday in the Daily 10, which is “drawn from news events in the most competitive contests in the nation”:
How much trouble is Rep. Earl Pomeroy in? The nine-term Democrat is running an ad introducing himself to voters and acknowledging how angry they are. â€œIâ€™d like to introduce myself. Iâ€™m not Nancy Pelosi. Iâ€™m not Barack Obama. Iâ€™m Earl Pomeroy,â€ he says in a closing ad up Tuesday. â€œI know Iâ€™ve disappointed you with a vote here or there,â€ he says. â€œThanks for the chance.â€ So much for nearly two decades of face time.
Tom Erickson, a spokesman with the National Republican Congressional Committee, issued a news release Wednesday morning that highlights Pomeroy’s statements in the ad:
â€œOnly at the eleventh hour, with his career on the line, does Earl Pomeroy finally admit that heâ€™s been a colossal disappointment to North Dakotans. However, Pomeroyâ€™s admission comes too little too late as his vote for ObamaCare is simply unforgivable. Apology not accepted.â€