Conservative Group Targets Michelle Nunn in Georgia

Monday, March 31st, 2014
By Patrick O'ConnorThe Wall Street Journal

With a crowd of Republicans engaged in a bitter primary, Democrat Michelle Nunn has been free to raise money and court the supporters she needs to reclaim a seat now held by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

That is why Ending Spending Action Fund, an outside group devoted to fiscal restraint, is going up on the air there this week with a 30-second spot attacking Ms. Nunn for supporting higher tax rates and the 2010 health law known as Obamacare.

The ad, which is timed to run near the April 15 deadline for most Americans to file their taxes, shows the Democrat posing for a picture with President Barack Obama and reminds tax-filers they may have to pay a penalty under his new health law, if they fail to purchase insurance coverage.

“Michelle Nunn, the last thing Georgia taxpayers need,” the narrator says.

Ending Spending is the first outside group aligned with the GOP to run a television ad against the Democrat, according to a media buyer who does work in the state. The super PAC, formed by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, is putting roughly $150,000 behind the spot, a modest ad buy that is intended to draw additional scrutiny to the Democrat.

The ad refers to comments Ms. Nunn made to the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph that her top priority is reducing the federal deficit and that she is willing to “put everything – spending and revenue – on the table.” The spot also cites an interview the Democrat did earlier this year in which she told National Public Radio she supports the new health law.

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