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Braun slams Rokita, Messer in new ad; best ad of race so far

And we have a winner!

No, not of the primary. That won’t be decided until May 8th. However, the Braun campaign has released the best ad of the Republican U.S. Senate Primary.

In the ad, Mike Braun carries around cardboard cutouts of both Messer and Rokita and then proceeds to ask people to tell the two apart. Spoiler alert: They can’t.

The ad gets to the biggest issue of this race far: no, absolutely no one has differentiated themselves on anything.  Each of the candidates, instead of coming up with original ideas, has pledged to be Donald Trump’s best friend.

The ad is funny, clever and delivers several very valid points in the process.

Check it out for yourself below.

 

-BZ

Messer campaign releases first TV ad

After Braun and Rokita released television ads, you knew it was only a matter of time until the third Republican in the race, Luke Messer, also joined the club and put out one himself.

Well, the inevitable has finally happened. Messer’s campaign sent out the ad set to begin running on television Thursday morning.

The ad introduces voters to one of the men hoping to replace Democrat Joe Donnelly in the U.S. Senate. His two daughters talk about their father’s commitment to his faith and the pro-life agenda. But, like everything else in this race, the ad makes sure you’re well aware that Messer will do anything and everything necessary to pass President’s Trump agenda.

“He’s a strong advocate for President Trump’s agenda.” It’s basically the first thing out of their mouths.

Between this ad and Rokita’s where he donned a MAGA hat and emphatically told us he’s “pro-Trump,” the whole “I’m gonna be President Trump’s best friend” is wearing pretty thing.

Differentiate yourself, put forward an original idea. Why are you better than the next guy?

-BZ

Braun campaign takes down questionable immigration ad

After feeling the heat for using the death and pictures of a Colts player and an Uber driver at the hands of an illegal immigrant in an ad, the Braun campaign has reversed course and is removing the ad from television.

In the race where all three Republican candidates are trying to cozy up to Trump as much as possible, immigration was inevitably going to come up at some point. It’s likely to make several more appearances before the May primary, in some form or fashion.

The ad, which is still up on on the Braun campaign’s Youtube page, exploits a tragic situation for political gain. No matter what side of the political spectrum you happen to fall, no matter what issue – whether it be gun control or immigration – using a tragedy to push an agenda is pretty cold and callous.

What in the world could the campaign have been thinking to run such an ad mere weeks after the deadly incident?

However, the Braun campaign does deserve some credit for recognizing their mistake and reversing course.

There are plenty of other ways to make a point such as this, there was simply no need to make such an ad. Hopefully, in the future, the campaign decides to utilize other methods, facts and figures to make their position known to the voting public.

I understand all politics is essentially local and personal, but that ad was too personal, especially for the widow of the killed Uber driver.

– BZ

Braun campaign releases controversial ad on immigration

In Indiana, the race to replace Democrat Joe Donnelly in the United States Senate is underway.  Donnelly’s future in the Senate is shaky, to say the least. Donald Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 points, and if you don’t believe he’s still extremely popular in the Hoosier state all you had to do was tune into the Indiana Republican Senate debate this past Tuesday.

The three Republicans seeking the nomination – U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer and businessman and former Indiana state senator Mike Braun –  all tried to tie themselves to Pres. Trump. Several times throughout the debate, all three of the candidates said they were the best person for the job because they will support Trump’s stance on this issue and on this issue, on that issue.

Thanks in large part to Pres. Trump, immigration has become a hot-button issue. Also, in Indiana, immigration has also taken on an added significance. Several weeks ago, a drunk driver hit and killed two people, one of which was a Colts player.  Come to find out the driver in the fatal crash was an illegal immigrant, who had been deported twice and had several driving violations.

With that being said, Braun recently released an ad mentioning this particular case, using pictures of both deceased individuals.

The widow of one of the men said stated her outrage over the ad and said she wants her husband’s photo removed from the ad.

And to be honest, can you really blame her? Regardless of political opinion, why would anyone want a painful memory, that is still fresh and raw brought in order to score political points.

Yes, something needs to be done on the immigration, a lot of things. However, the point the Braun campaign was hoping to make about our immigration system could’ve been made without doing this.  Put yourself, in the widow’s shoes for a second, you would’ve reacted the same way.

The ad was in poor taste. Immigration is an issue, yes but this ad was probably not the best way to go about it.

Defeat the Elite? Driving Congressman Todd Rokita

Mariah Carey. Katy Perry. Rhianna. Kanye West.

Whatever your taste in music, you have to admit, all of the aforementioned artists have experienced major success.  They’ve had multiple songs and albums shoot up to #1, sold out arenas and other large capacity venues, while playing to thousands to adoring fans.  Oh, and they’ve made more money than most of us can imagine.

Another thing they all have in common? Crazy and diva-like demands.

According to a Business Inside article, before Mr. West performs he requires 1 box of toothpicks, 1 bottle of hot sauce, but not just any hot sauce. It must be Tabasco, Caribbean type and also, can you pick up 4 six packs of Heineken? Mr. Kanye West absolutely needs those as well.

Similarly, Katy Perry requires an “arrangement of pink fresh flowers,” 6 vitamin waters, plastic drinking straws and freeze dried strawberries before singing one of her chart-topping tunes.

Well, Katy and Kanye better move over and make room for …Todd Rokita? Seriously, he’s one needy guy and apparently, driving around the Indiana congressman requires an 8-page memo.

The memo details everything Rokita has to have in order to properly serve his constituency. For instance, if you’re going to chauffeur around Rokita you better have “the football”, an assortment of items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water, napkins, gum and hand sanitizer.

Also, you mustn’t engage in useless, “unnecessary conversation” with the congressman. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t have the time. However, as the memo stipulates, you are allowed to talk to him if you’re asking to remind him to bring his phone and wallet.  Another situation where talking to his highness is permitted is if you are telling him about turns or sudden stops on way to his next speaking engagement.

While most could have anticipated that performers like Rhianna and Taylor Swift would have outrageous and absurd demands, to hear something similar of a congressman who “works for us” is absolutely ridiculous.

Why do we tolerate, adhere to the demands of someone like Kayne or Katy Perry? They sing a favorite song of ours, entertain us, and do so at a level a very small percentage of the population can, oh and we’re willing to pay premium prices to watch them do so.

What does a congressman do? They vote and give speeches…and let’s not forget the all important hand shaking.

Any idiot could be a congressman. Don’t believe me? Just look at some of the people Congress today.

My ultimate point being, congressmen can be easily replaced and for someone to “require” everything in the document is insane!  Not only that, the man is seeking a promotion.  Oh and get this, his campaign’s slogan is “Defeat the Elite.”  Yes, you read that right, the man who has the demands of a Grammy-winning artist has the balls to call other people elite?!

Defeat the elite indeed, congressman.

-BZ

 

 

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