DENVER—A new TV ad scheduled to begin this week on Denver stations takes Colorado's competitive Senate race to a new, very personal, level.
Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner appears on camera and calls incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall a "nice guy," but a career politician who won't change the Senate.
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"He is the Senate," Gardner says of Udall in the ad. "Eighteen years in politics and he's got two cousins who are senators, too. Mark Udall's dad even ran for president. My dad, well he sells tractors."
Gardner gestures toward his own father in the background of the shot at this point.
Democrats argue that the targeting of the Udall family's extensive political legacy is a sign of weakness for the Gardner campaign on mainstream issues.
Udall sent a written statement to 9NEWS in response to the ad:
"This race should be about who can better represent the great state of Colorado, not personal attacks on our families. So, to see Congressman Gardner decide to go after my late father and members of my family in a negative ad. That's just low, no matter what 'generation' Congressman Gardner claims to represent. I'm proud of my dad. He was as Western and bipartisan and commonsense as a man could get. Folks loved my dad, I loved my dad, and that isn't gonna change no matter how personal and negative Congressman Gardner's campaign gets."
-Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado)
The new ad comes on the heels of a report from the Arizona Republic, in which Sen. John McCain (himself a former presidential candidate) specifically mentioned his friendship with Mark Udall's father, Mo Udall, as a reason he won't be helping the GOP campaign in Colorado's senate race.
"This is rich. For six months Sen. Udall has done nothing but wage the nastiest campaign in America and now he is upset that we are calling him a nice guy? Mark Udall has been in Washington for so long and is so partisan that he can't even take a compliment when it comes from the other party." - Chris Hansen, Campaign Manager, Cory Gardner for Senate.
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