“Buyer’s Remorse” Hits the Airwaves

We told you this was coming.

That’s the new ad on the air in Colorado Senate race, to our knowledge the first TV spot to invoke the recent scandal involving GOP candidate Ken Buck’s refusal to prosecute a case of alleged date rape in 2005. Sponsored by Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund, we’re awaiting information on the size of the buy–if it’s big, this ad is going to hurt.

But before this scandal even made it into a TV spot, which we knew from the moment it broke that it would, it was already harming Buck in polls–just from the press coverage. We can’t say exactly what the polls will look like after a week of “buyer’s remorse” in prime time, but Buck’s not going to like it.

UPDATE: WVWVAF’s release follows, described as a “high six-figure multi-media campaign.”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Women’s Voices. Women Vote Action Fund Unveils Major Media Campaign in Colorado

High Heels Featured Prominently in TV Ads Targeted to Colorado Women

Colorado-Today, Women’s Voices. Women Vote Action Fund (WVWVAF) begins a major advertising campaign designed to make sure Colorado candidates reflect women’ s concerns. ” The women of Colorado have incredibly high stakes and are facing important choices in 2010, and WVWVAF is committed to making sure candidates are listening to what voters really want,” said Page Gardner, president of WVWVAF.

WVWVAF’s high six-figure multi-media campaign is comprised of broadcast and cable, radio and online advertising. The broadcast and cable spot features Leslie Allen, a Boulder resident who calls Ken Buck to task for stating he should be elected because he “doesn’ t wear high heels,” questions his refusal to prosecute a rape by explaining the victim had a case of “buyer’ s remorse” and his opposition to a woman’ s right to choose even in the case of rape or incest. The spot begins airing Wednesday, October 20.

The advertising campaign began Thursday, Oct 14 with a radio spot highlighting Michael Bennett’s support of key women’s issues, including his votes to extend unemployment benefits, rein in abuse by credit card companies and support fair pay, as well as his pro-choice principles.

All three spots encourage Colorado women to make their voices heard by contacting Michael Bennett and Ken Buck and urging them to support policies that help, not hinder, Colorado women and families.

“The women of Colorado need to have their voices heard and respected and their concerns addressed — whether they wear high heels or cowboy boots. They are facing too many questions of critical importance to stay silent,” concluded Gardner.


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    • RedGreen says:

      Why don’t those uppity women just take what’s given them and quit complaining? Next thing you know, they’ll want their own credit cards. Sheesh!

      • Irish Patti says:

        are going to see this. Buck’s numbers with women is about to crater.  

        • droll says:

          Last I saw he’s losing men now.

          My shitkicker step brother said it best, “He might as well had said it’s OK to hit girls if they have it coming.”

          While I was updating the situation (he lives in WY atm, working on a ranch, so he occasionally sees a wayward CO political ad) he looked like I was telling a story about Chinese torture.  Horrified fascination.

          Buck is the first conservative he’s ever hated.  And if one person has one example, it’s true of everyone (not my rules, but I’ll use them).

    • TimothyTribbett says:

      I was at a lunch with him a few weeks ago and clear they were worried about the abortion issue.  Bennet outpolls like 2 to 1 one this issue.  

  1. Half Glass Full says:

    The fact that GOPWarrior is referring to it as a “smear campaign” shows that it hurts.

  2. DavidD says:

    I hope it’s shown widely.

  3. DaftPunk says:

    The FactCheck people can quibble about three words, but it’s on the money all the way.

    Women and gays and their families and friends will have a hard time liking Buck enough to vote for him.  The question is if this moves enough of the independent vote, and pulls some squishy Buck voters too.

    The one thing I don’t like is that it’s by an independent group, and if you’re going to gripe about Citizen’s United you have to walk the walk, even if your team is being heavily outspent.

    For those who might lie shill  claim that one Senator’s views on choice are nearly irrelevant consider

    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) has placed a hold on President Obama’s nominee for the Pentagon’s top health policy position in objection to the nominee’s responses to questions regarding a provision in the 2011 Defense authorization bill (S 3454) that would allow some abortion services to be performed at military facilities, CQ Today reports.

    • Voyageur says:

      the minute I saw it.  

    • ajb says:

      Last I checked, abortion was still legal, right H-man?

      • DaftPunk says:

        gets worse

        A senatorial hold on President Obama’s nominee for the Pentagon’s top health policy position is compromising the military’s ability to address quality and cost issues and cope with an increase in wounded soldiers from Afghanistan, Undersecretary of Defense Clifford Stanley said on Tuesday, CQ Today reports…

        Stanley said the effect of not having a top health policy official at the Pentagon “has been significant” at a time when the military is facing rising suicide rates, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder cases and increased strain on families — all areas that are under the purview of the assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs. Two interim officials have been in place since the position became vacant in April 2009.

        A senior Democratic congressional aide said “leadership (is) severely lacking and quite discombobulated” in the absence of a permanent assistant secretary. Lawmakers have called for proposals to cut costs in the Defense Health Program — one of the military’s fastest growing budget items — but it is “[k]ind of hard to move both within the department and in Congress without an assistant secretary of Defense,” the aide said.

  4. butterfly says:

    Does anyone have a quick link to that quote?

  5. Aaron says:


    That’s gonna sting.

  6. Gray in Mountains says:

    that is NOT negative.

    Now let’s have one on Personhood

  7. Voyageur says:

    but assuming the undecideds are the ones holding off, this ought to continue Buck’s nosedive, especially with women.

  8. DavidThi808 says:

    Their first question was about Buck & Bennet – telling me not to give them the liberal bullshit but to fairly list the differences. I told them about Buck’s stance on abortion and that was enough – voted for Bennet and moved on to the next.

    On a funny note, my daughter asked if Jared was going to win for sure. When I said yes she then voted for the Republican because “she doesn’t want him to get a swelled head.” She likes Jared, but she wants to keep him hungry 🙂

  9. DavidThi808 says:

    …if they don’t buy an ad at the top of ColoradoPols?

  10. parsingreality says:

    I wish Pols would allow easy jpg displays.  I have one of my 93 year old mother after the recent primary election sitting in her chair, big smile, two “I voted” stickers on her blouse.

    She has never missed an election.  She has told her female offspring of how important this is.  When I told the story to anyone listening at the polling place, there was applause…..and tears in my mother’s eyes.

    This AM I thought she was dying; no, a major UTI which then caused a heart condition.  She will probably have a pace maker in tomorrow or the day after.  

    As the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young says, “Teach your children well.”  She taught me well, just call me a die hard liberal FDR Democrat.

    • Froward69 says:

      When my Grandmother was 19 she went to vote in her first election. She was standing in line when a man walking by flipped a silver dollar to her saying this would help her make up her mind when voting.

      that dollar is now a Family heirloom, I use it to hold down my cards when playing Poker.

      • parsingreality says:

        There’s one amendment here in FL that I might need to consult your dollar on.  I’ve gone back and forth on it.  

        My mother would have turned 21 in 1938, so it was probably 1940 before her first major election.  

    • Car 31 says:

      you die hard liberal FDR Democrat.

      If we had more like you in this world, it would be a better place…

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