Published Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 | 3:45 p.m.
Updated Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 | 3:55 p.m.
Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle is out with an odd little web ad attacking not only her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but his son.
The ad takes a swing at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid, playing off of Rory Reid’s latest ad that asks the question: How much lower can we go?
“That’s a good question, Rory,” the ad’s announcer says. “Since your dad became majority leader, Nevada’s unemployment rate has jumped from 4 to 14 percent, home values have dropped by half and worst of all, there are over 195,000 Nevadans out of work today.”
The web ad is curious because it’s a bit difficult to see how attacking Rory can be bad for Harry. But it does remind voters of the family dynasty in the making, which works against both candidates.
The tactic would seem to be better placed in the governor’s race. Harry is more of an albatross for Rory than the other way around.
Republican Brian Sandoval, however, has shown little desire, so far, to go after Rory by attacking his father.
One of Sandoval’s chief advisors, Greg Ferraro, is on the Republicans for (Harry) Reid list. Another adviser, Pete Ernaut, is business partners with Harry Reid’s long-time adviser Billy Vassiliadis.
As for the Angle campaign, a spokesman says the web ad is a trial run for the family dynasty message. If it’s well received, we could see it up on television soon.