The Karl Rove-affiliated American Crossroads has announced a major attack against Sen. Claire McCaskill, an opening salvo in the 2012 election. From the news release:
Today, American Crossroads, the conservative 527 advocacy organization, launched a radio ad campaign and website, TruthAboutClaire.com, as part of an initiative designed to hold the liberal Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill accountable to Missouri voters as she positions herself for reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
The new radio ad, valued at $50,000 in a statewide buy, focuses on the wide gap between McCaskill’s moderate rhetoric and liberal voting record on fiscal and economic issues.
The new website, www.TruthAboutClaire.com, will serve as a rapid response platform to contest McCaskill’s reinvention as a fiscal moderate by shining a spotlight on her liberal voting record. The site will also serve as an aggregator for information about Claire McCaskill, with research, information news clips and key votes, to help journalists and voters interested in learning more about her record. The senator’s support for the failed “stimulus” and blowing open the national debt are currently featured on the site, though other topics will be included as the debate develops in Washington.
American Crossroads is also hiring a local Missouri consultant, Paul Mouton, to help run the website and online platforms.
“Claire McCaskill is a top target in the 2012 elections for one reason: a liberal voting record that is out of step with Missouri and her own rhetoric,” said Jonathan Collegio, communications director for American Crossroads. “McCaskill’s entire reelection strategy depends on reinventing herself as a moderate after rubber-stamping Barack Obama’s big government agenda, and the TruthAboutClaire.com campaign will hold her accountable for that record.”
In addition to the website, the American Crossroads campaign will also include a community page on Facebook as well as updates on Twitter (@truthabtclaire) and a Youtube feed, which will be populated with additional content in the months ahead.