The Taxman

If anyone were running against a tax hiker in Illinois–state or local–this would be a marvelous template.  It’s a TV ad being run by Delaware’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Christine O’Donnell against Democrat Chris Coons.

There are stark white on black messages in the TV ad from Christine O'Donnell.

Taxing 911 calls comes into play.

Property taxes come into play in the ad.

The ad's implication is that inheritance taxes are an issue.

"He's taxing everything out here."


The Taxman — 3 Comments

  1. Yeah, when your Republican candidate is Christine O’Donnell, I suppose you have to run whatever ads you can. This one is better than the “I’m not a witch” one from O’Donnell, I guess.

  2. Well the ad didn’t result in a Republican victory but the race itself has some interesting history.

    The reason this election even took place is that Joe Biden was elected Vice-President in 2008, resulting in the Delaware Governor appointing Ted Kaufman to replace Biden’s Senate seat. Similar to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointing Roland Burris to replace Barak Oabama’s Senate seat on December 30, 2008.

    Here’s a brief recap of how that transpired in in 3 county Delaware. Tiny Delaware only has 3 counties.

    2008: As permitted by Delaware law, Joe Biden runs two campaigns simultaneously.
    1. Incumbent US Senator (since 1973) vs. Republican Christine O’Donnell.
    2. Barak Obama’s Vice-Presidential running mate vs. Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    November 4, 2008: Joe Biden wins both elections. He forfeits his Senate seat.

    November 24, 2008: Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced her intention to appoint Ted Kaufman to replace Joe Biden in the US Senate. Kaufman was Biden’s former chief of staff from 1976 – 1995, and was at the time of the appointment an appointed Board member (originally appointed by Clinton) of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. as well as a university professor. Minner states Kaufman will not seek re-election. The six year seat will be up for special election in 2010.

    January 15, 2009: Ted Kaufman appointed as US Senator and sworn in the next day.

    September 14, 2010: In the state primary election, marketing consultant and tea party member Christine O’Donnell, with the backing of Sarah Palin, upsets U.S. Representative and former Governor Mike Castle for the Republican nomination. New Castle County Executive Chris Coons was unchallenged for the Democratic Senate nomination. A County Executive is the head official of a Delaware county, what is typically called a County Board President in Illinois. Coons is pleased his opponent will be O’Donnell and not Castle, as Castle was more moderate.

    November 2, 2010: Democrat Chris Coons defeats Republican Christine O’Donnell 57% to 40%.

    November 15, 2010: Democrat Chris Coons is sworn in as US Senator by Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden.

    That US Senate seat helps the Democrats maintain their current rather slim majority in the US Senate, coupled with a Democratic President, opposed by the somewhat larger Republican majority in the House.

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