But mark today, July 25, 2012 as the first day I have seen a TV ad for a congressional candidate not having a primary, Reid Ribble of the 8th CD in Northern Wisconsin. He had a bit of a flap for moving before the redistricting was done, which you can read about in the Appleton Post-Cresent here, but you may know him for being just like every other conservative legislator that won a House race in 2010. This time around he is being challenged by Jamie Wall, a Green Bay businessman who ran against former Congressman Steve Kagen in the 2006 Democratic Primary for the seat.
Now, just this morning, I see this, Ribble's first TV ad:
What scares me is that it's a good, positive early campaign ad. There is just enough of that hokey crap that some people love, but overall it's a message that "Washington is still broken & I need to be there to put it together." Yikes... Mr. Wall better have something good coming down the pike, but unfortunately Ribble looks to be quite the strong candidate. Despite some of the utter crap he has said and done over the last two years. I've told you I'm not a fan of PolitiFact but this really sums it up: http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2010/oct/27/reid-ribble/republican-house-candidate-reid-ribble-says-he-los/
The Hotline in Washington DC recently posted it's listing of "House Races to Watch", with this one at #50:
50. WI-08 (R, Rep. Reid Ribble): Although the seat has served as a bellwether district over the last decade, northeastern Wisconsin served as a launchpad for Gov. Scott Walker in the June gubernatorial recall, giving Ribble an extra sense of security heading into his first reelection effort.Come on Democrats. Let's get it together in Northeastern Wisconsin! Historically (like 100+ years historically) this area isn't anywhere near as liberal or Democratic as it should be considering it's "mill town" type reputation, but we need to make a push here.