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Ad smacks Murray in the sneakers

A business group is launching a television ad against Sen. Patty Murray, trying to scuff up her image as a "mom in tennis shoes."

The ad which hits the airwaves this week, from the American Action Network, shows a woman from the knees down with shiny white tennis shoes that get dirtied up as she steps on a prostrate man, woman and child, a not too subtle attempt to represent businesses, families and children. The group calls the ad a "small business advocacy campaign" and offers viewers at the end a website where they can sign a petition to Murray and view a two-page list of legislation that she supported and they oppose, or she opposed and they supported.

The Murray campaign fired back today that it's nothing but a campaign plug for Republican Dino Rossi from his "Wall Street friends." Among the legislation that she supported and they don't like are health care reform, expanded child health care programs and increases to the minimum wage. Those are policies that actually help businesses, workers, families and children, the Murray campaign says.

By one account, the group is spending $750,000 to air the ad in Washington state, a month before the Aug. 17 primary.


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