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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

OH-12: Hilarious Shamansky Ad

Posted by James L.

Here's something pretty rare: a genuinely funny campaign commercial. This one's from former Rep. Bob Shamansky, and goes right for the jugular of incumbent Rep. Pat Tiberi--only with a liberal dose of humor that made JibJab such a craze two years ago.

Awesome. Just awesome. At 78 years old, Bob Shamansky is one of the unlikeliest candidates for Congress this year. Shamansky actually originally contested this seat in 1966 (that's not a typo) unsuccessfully, but did manage to knock off 10-term incumbent Rep. Samuel Devine in 1980, before redistricting forced his defeat just two years later. Now, Bob's back to challenge Republican congressman Pat Tiberi in a district that's more favorable for Democrats since Bush edged Gore here by a 51-46% margin in 2000. Due to extensive voter registration efforts by local Democrats and changing demographics in Franklin County, Bush squeaked by with 51% to Kerry's 49% in 2004. While this is certainly not the likeliest of House Democratic pick-ups, Shamansky has put up a respectable amount of his own money into this race, and with the mood of the Ohio and national electorate turning sour for Republicans, you never know about a seat like this.

Crazier things have happened.

Posted at 12:44 AM in 2006 Elections - House, Ohio | Technorati

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I always thought humorous ads work wonders.
What a nice man to comeback and try to help cleanup the current mess with our Government. Given that 1966 was a Gop landslide year not surprised at that result (thought his name sounded familiar). Given what Bush got in this district, it would seem hopeful, but I wonder if my forecast model can bear another add-on. LOL.

Posted by: Predictor [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 01:31 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

This is AWSOME. totally and completely awsome. best ad this cycle.

Posted by: Jared86 [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 01:32 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Good ad. Shame about the bow tie.

Posted by: RecoveringGannettoid [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 03:34 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

You know, there's something interesting in the air this year that's bringing a few old-timers back into the fray. Shamansky's campaign (and I wish him well!) reminds me of CA-11, where old-timer liberal Republican Pete McCloskey tried to knock out Richard Pombo in the GOP primary, after many years out of office, and is now campaigning for our candidate, Jerry McNerney.

Posted by: Christopher Walker [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 10:45 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I love the bow tie!
The ad was good, too.

Posted by: Larissa [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 08:09 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment