by Jennifer Swift
Feb 10, 2014
06:46 PM
Connecticut Politics

Republicans Characterize Gov. Malloy as Pinocchio in Web Ad

Republicans Characterize Gov. Malloy as Pinocchio in Web Ad

Connecticut’s season of thinly veiled ad hominem attacks is fully underway. Republicans pushed out their first web ad of 2014 Monday, attacking incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s statements on the debt and jobs, all the while showing Malloy with his nose extending like that of Pinocchio’s.

“Dan didn’t you learn about telling the truth? People don’t like to be lied to,” the narrator says. “November is coming.”

Republicans titled the 51-second ad “Tell the Truth.”

Democrats called it a ploy without merit.

“I think the state GOP is going to need a lot more than silly things like that and false allegations to move the opinions of Connecticut residents,” Democratic Party spokesman James Hallinan said when asked for his personal reaction to the ad.

While Malloy’s extended nose takes on its own persona — acting at one point as a hanger for a “Sorry we’re closed sign” -- the ad pairs up assessments made by Malloy about his administration with the Republicans' take on the issues.

“As he’s kicked off his re-election campaign over the past few months, Connecticut voters have learned the hard way that Governor Malloy has a problem telling the truth,” Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. said in a news release about the ad. “Governor Malloy has been in full campaign mode for months, using the influence of his office to strong-arm state contractors into coughing up campaign cash and employing cheap election-year tactics to distract from his failed leadership.”

Malloy has not yet announced if he’s running for re-election.

Hallinan pointed out that the ad featured no citations and said “there’s no credibility to the ad. The ad is false.”

“Much like their leading candidate for governor, the GOP is continuing to put out reckless accusations that don’t have any credibility,” Hallinan said.

Democrats also responded by distributing a fact sheet, analyzing each assertion made in the advertisement.

While Democrats may regard the characterization of Malloy as “silly” they’ve been known to photoshop GOP candidates for their own use.  On Halloween the party released a graphic showing gubernatorial candidates photoshopped into characters from Alice in Wonderland, calling the candidates the “Connecticut Tea Party All Stars.” They've distributed a few different graphics attacking Republicans and characterizing them in different cartoon-ish scenarios. 

Hallinan said a graphic like that is still “very focused on the message. We put out things on the Tea Party on Halloween, because they have stuck with the Tea Party. When we put things out, they are focused on policy. Putting a nose on [the governor] and throwing in false accusations is not what the residents of Connecticut are going to pay attention to.”

 

Republicans Characterize Gov. Malloy as Pinocchio in Web Ad

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