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2009/2010: Dodd's first TV ad

CONNECTICUT: Chris Dodd is hitting the airwaves, Chris Cillizza reports. "Embattled Sen. Chris Dodd is on television with the first ad of his 2010 reelection race, a commercial featuring President Obama touting the work the Connecticut Democrat did to pass a measure placing strictures on credit card companies. An image of Obama signing the bill at the White House is shown (with Dodd standing in the background) as the president says: "I want to give a special shout-out to Chris Dodd who has been a relentless fighter to get this done." The ad seeks to remind Connecticut Democrats of two things: Dodd is one of them (hence the heavy featuring of the popular president) and that he gets things done for the state. Such early advertising by Dodd is a recognition that his image in the state has taken a number of serious hits and he is in a very tough fight for reelection next November."

KENTUCKY: "Kentucky Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo (D) leads his main primary rival by double digits in an early poll conducted by the Democrat's Senate campaign," The Hill's Wilson reports. "Mongiardo, who came within a whisker of pulling off a stunning upset over Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) in 2004, leads Attorney General Jack Conway (D) by a 43 percent to 28 percent margin. Twenty-nine percent of registered Democrats remain undecided."

VIRGINIA: Ralph Nader returns! Per the Washington Post, "Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader went public Thursday with an allegation that Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe offered his campaign money to stay off the ballot in key states during the 2004 elections -- a disclosure timed to raise questions about McAuliffe's fitness for public office."

Also: "Responding to a mailer sent out by McAuliffe's campaign, Moran campaign manager Andrew Roos said in a statement that 'the last place we would go for a public service lesson is a Wall Street insider.' 'For decades, Mr. McAuliffe traded access for money, ensuring that big companies -- not people -- were in control, all the while pocketing millions through his proximity to power,' Roos said. 'Brian Moran will take no lectures on ethics from the booking agent of the Lincoln Bedroom and the architect of the Business Leadership Forum.'" 

And the Washington Post profiles Creigh Deeds.