Revenge of the Angry Mom, Super PAC Edition

Revenge of the Angry Mom, Super PAC Edition

Revenge of the Angry Mom, Super PAC Edition

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
July 24 2012 10:53 AM

Revenge of the Angry Mom, Super PAC Edition

The last-minute "angry sufferer" negative ad is a desparate-campaign classic -- a Waldorf salad, an Old Fashioned cocktail. In 2005, as he was losing to Tim Kaine, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore deployed the tactic.

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In the pre-Super PAC era, though, an ad like that usually came from a rival campaign. In 2012, the Texas Conservatives Fund -- a Super PAC created to aid Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his Senate bid -- has taken on the role of attacking Ted Cruz for taking on a client (in the commercial-coverage phase of the trials) who paid bribes to get children into his mental hospitals.

My question: Why did this take so long? Sandy Fonzo's anger at this decision was a national story, played on Good Morning America and CNN.

That's rich material, but voters are only getting it spoon-fed one week before polls close, after days of early voting, after countless hours of Cruz writing a public autobiography as the Last True Defender of the Constitution.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.