Tom Reed’s negative advertising campaign



Here are excerpts from Tom Reed’s recent political advertising. Tom characterizes his opponent, Martha Robertson, defining her ideas for her, while saying nothing about his accomplishments in office which are mighty few.

Meet Martha Robertson: Job Killer

Martha Robertson claims to support our community yet she continues to unfairly punish working families by voting for drastic tax increases, burdensome regulations, and reckless spending in the legislature.

One wouldn’t know from what Tom says that prosperous, dynamic Tompkins county has the lowest unemployment in NY-23.

Meet Martha Robertson: Just Another Tax & Spend Liberal

Martha Robertson likes to call herself a job creator, someone who advocates for small business. Yet, if you inspect her record, you’ll find that Martha Robertson is just another tax and spend liberal. In fact, she’s an extreme Ithaca liberal.

Maybe all the liberals in Ithaca can afford Martha Robertson’s high taxes and wasteful spending but families in the rest of Western New York sure can’t. We cannot afford to have Martha Robertson in Congress voting with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama for tax increases and spending hikes.

Here Tom promotes disunity in NY-23, hoping that attacks on liberals who are perhaps half of his constituents, liberals living in Ithaca in particular, will resonate with his supporters.  Note also the attempt to link Martha Robertson with Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. This is hardly worthy of Tom who claims to be a “bipartisan hero.”

Meet Martha Robertson Obamacare Defender

Still, just like her mentor Nancy Pelosi, Martha Robertson continues to defend ObamaCare, and disingenuously blamed Republicans since they “refused to put in the kind of money that would help…run the website” despite the millions that have already been wasted.

Robertson went so far as to advocate for a socialist, government run, single payer health care system! That means the government runs our hospitals and employs our doctors…Is that the kind of system that will improve healthcare? No way!

Here Tom links his opponent with Obamacare, the GOP’s favorite albatross, defines single payer health care his way, and tells us what to think about it.

Meet Martha Robertson: Government-Run Healthcare Advocate

Like her friend Nancy Pelosi and other Washington liberals, Martha Robertson still defends ObamaCare, and believes Republicans sabotaged the website through insufficient funding. Meanwhile, conservative costs of the website are estimated at $350 million.

She continues advocating for a socialist, government run, single-payer health care system! She honestly believes government bureaucrats should run our hospitals, employ our doctors, and make your healthcare decisions for you.

Nancy Pelosi, Obamacare, and Socialism again.

Here come the liberals

This week, Robertson invited Jan Schakowsky, a leading Democratic Congresswoman from Chicago, to our district to raise money. Did you know that Schakowsky was rated the most liberal member of Congress in America? That’s the kind of company Martha Robertson keeps.

This is yet another example of Robertson’s liberal Ithaca ideology. She’s raising money with extremists (remember the convicted sex offender?) who support government-run socialized healthcare, trashing the Bill of Rights, raising taxes, and dramatically increasing the size of government.

Martha Robertson and her extreme liberal friends are going to do whatever it takes to lie and spread their liberal agenda.

A swipe at big cities, Chicago (President Obama’s former home), Democrats, liberals, socialism, and Peter Yarrow with a nod to the Second Amendment and taxes which Republicans love to hate.

Negative advertising often  involves bad-mouthing ones opponent. In these examples Tom defines Martha’s ideas for her then derides her for them. Adding to that the repeated attempts to define Martha’s views by linking them to others–President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Jan Schakowsky–as well as attempts to link Martha Robertson to liberals and socialism, one sees that Tom’s advertising is essentially negative. This is no surprise, because Tom Reed took the same low road in his campaign against Nate Shinagawa.

© William Hungerford – April 2014

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19 Responses to Tom Reed’s negative advertising campaign

  1. Anne says:

    Trash-talking a whole segment of your district is certainly an interesting campaign tactic.


  2. whungerford says:

    These ads were e-mailed presumably to a target audience of supporters rather than the general public.


  3. Anne says:

    Still, a bold strategy.


  4. whungerford says:

    There seems to be a long-standing tradition hereabouts for Republicans to run against downstate–Democrats, liberals, and residents of NYC. At a LWV meeting in Elmira, a local politician explained that voters ought to fear fair and impartial redistricting because Western NY Republican State Senators, whose tenure depends on unfair districts, are the only barrier against rural interests becoming secondary to downstate political interests. Onetime NY-29 Rep. Randy Kuhl actually introduced bills to make upstate and downstate separate states. Still, I agree, running against many of one’s constituents seems silly. It reflects the politics of fear–we are encouraged to fear downstate, Democrats, socialists, outsiders, others.


  5. solodm says:

    In all seriousness, Reed’s “negative ads” are pure gold for those who appreciate Martha’s stands on these issues. The latest one ” Job Killer’ especially gave opportunity to question why Reed said not a word about the Chautauqua plant closing, which resulted in over 400 jobs lost.


  6. josephurban says:

    So, I have now learned that Robertson is a “liberal”. YIKES. Even worse, she KEEPS COMPANY with “liberals”. DOUBLE YIKES !! Another one of those “liberals” responsible for …uh….Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education for all, a publicly funded highway system, the TVA, environmental laws like the EPA (oops…that was Richard Nixon, was HE a “liberal”?), labor laws, the minimum wage…and that most “liberal” of political documents, the US Constitution. When you see an incumbent throwing around labels instead of ACHIEVEMENTS you know he is in trouble.


  7. pystew says:

    The “target audience of supporters” says it all. He is trying to keep those who already support him–usually recognized as “the base”.It seems to me that he would be trying to expand into the “moderate republicans” and independents. Some won’t recognize the names he is throwing around, and others know it is just a smoke screen.

    Too bad he can’t run on his own accomplishments.


  8. whungerford says:

    Same story with the Sikorsky plant in Big Flats. Had the GOP done something to aid economic recovery, those closings might have been avoided.


  9. Anne says:

    Honestly, “when you see an incumbent throwing around labels instead of achievements you know he is in trouble” ought to become a campaign slogan for Martha. Also, I wonder what ever became of Reed’s much-trumpted “no labels” membership? Mysteriouser and mysteriouser….


  10. Barbara Griffin says:

    Tom makes “liberal” sound like a dirty word. He’s citing all the reasons why I’m voting for Martha.


  11. whungerford says:

    Political advertising may explain what happened to “liberal.” Tom’s sneering linkage of Democrats, socialism, taxes, spending (for whatever purpose), and Ithaca, the home of a famous liberal university, is an example. Ironically, Tom poses for photo ops at Cornell while bad mouthing Ithaca and Tompkins County as if they were cancers in NY-23.


  12. BOB McGILL says:

    Explain to me just how the republicans in Washington can stop the New York State Democrats from ruining the states economy ?


  13. BOB McGILL says:

    the pots are calling the kettle black !!!!!!! 🙂


  14. BOB McGILL says:

    Mysteriouser ???????? 🙂


  15. BOB McGILL says:

    I can’t believe you people are making such a big deal out of this, when you do it yourselves all the time.


  16. BOB McGILL says:

    Actually most of Up-State thinks of Ithaca as a magnet for delusional, eccentric, intelectual, crack pots. We’re just glad that they are all in one place.


  17. BOB McGILL says:

    If he keeps it up, more than half of Tompkins County will vote for him. 🙂


  18. Anne says:

    ” ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)” So, much like Alice in Wonderland, our own Tommy in Blunderland is busy trying to get us all to believe his six impossible things (if, by “impossible things,” you understand that I mean “lies”) before breakfast….


  19. whungerford says:

    Have you noticed Bob, that Tom does suck up to Cornell when it suits him?


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