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July 2, 2008 11:39 AM

First anti-Gregoire spot on TV

Posted by David Postman

A builder-backed PAC is airing a new TV spot criticizing Gov. Chris Gregoire for approving a major expansion for tribal casinos. The 30-second spot, “Giveaway,” is the first TV ad from It’s Time For a Change,” the PAC funded by the Building Industry Association of Washington, the Farm Bureau, the NFIB-Washington and others that back Republican Dino Rossi for governor.

The ad shows an elderly woman frustrated while playing a slot machine. A narrator talks about the deal Gregoire killed with tribes in 2005 that would have required revenue sharing as well as for the final agreement that allowed more slot machines in tribal casinos.

I don’t see the ad on the Change Web site yet. But you can watch it here.

Most of the claims in the ad are from two recent newspaper stories, from the P-I June 12, and the Times June 24.

As the old lady loses her patience with the slot machine, the narrator says,

Sorry dear, Christine Gregoire and tribal casinos are the only winners here.

Note: The ad keeps up the strong trend of the campaign, a female narrator and a female on screen.

Yesterday, after Gregoire’s media buyer spotted the Change PAC buy, the campaign sent out a prophylactic press release predicting the TV spot would follow the same theme of radio ads the PAC has aired.

All of this is in addition to the $500,000 that Rossi’s anti-consumer protection, anti-toxic clean-up friends have already spent on radio ads disparaging and manipulating Gov. Gregoire’s record.

"While Dino Rossi tries to hide the fact he's a George Bush Republican on the ballot, his biggest supporters, Olympia's most powerful special interest lobbyists, continue to spend what seems to be an unlimited amount on false and misleading attack ads," said Aaron Toso, press secretary for the Gregoire campaign.

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