The so-called political independent featured in the latest attack ad from Priorities USA Action is a wealthy Democrat-supporting business owner who hosted a 2010 campaign kick-off party for the stateâ€™s top Democratic legislator, Senate President Therese Murray.
â€śLast night, I had the distinct pleasure of introducing Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray at her re-election campaign kick-off fundraiser,â€ť according to a blog post by Olive Chase, the business owner featured in the attack ad.
â€śTerry and I have been friends for a long time and have done great work together … [and] is a strong advocate of health insurance reform, a very important issue for me, as a small business owner,â€ť she wrote in May 21, 2010.
â€śWith speeches,Â schmoozing,Â great food and almost every elected Democrat in the state, the night could not have gone better! Go Terry!â€ť wrote Chase, who is the latest fake Republican-leaning voter to be used in Democratic ad campaigns.
During the event, Chase told a reporter for the Caper Cod Times that Murray is a “friend to all business owners on Cape Cod.”
Chase operates a string of restaurants and a wedding-planning firm in Providence, Mass., whose business has grown following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state.
The attack ad, released Aug. 28, shows Chase claiming that â€śIâ€™m an independent. I voted for [Gov. Mitt Romney], I contributed to him … Gov. Romney cares about big business, he cares about tax cuts for wealthy people.â€ť
â€śI feel like I was duped by Mitt Romney. Iâ€™m going to vote for President Obama,â€ť Chase says.
The ad is the first in a series which Priorities USA Action say will be broadcast in many states at a cost of $30 million.
Public databases do not show that Chase has donated to Obama. However, she donated $1,000 in April 2012 to her local representative, Democrat Bill Keating.
The deceptive ad comes shortly after Priorities USA damaged its own cause by promoting a deceptive video aimed at Romney.
The video showed a retired union leader at a steel plant, Joe Soptic, suggesting that Romney was responsible for — and uncaring about — the lethal cancer that killed Sopticâ€™s wife several years after Romneyâ€™s firm had closed the money-losing steel plant.
Romney was not at Bain Capital when the investment firm closed down Sopticâ€™s employer. Soptic retired and landed another job. His wife had health insurance for several years via her own job, and was dead within a few weeks of being diagnosed with end-stage cancer.
Scopticâ€™s claim was also promoted by President Barack Obamaâ€™s campaign aides.
When the ad backfired by prompting much media criticism of the Obama campaign, those aides temporarily denied any knowledge of Sopticâ€™s claim.
The Olive Chase flub also comes a few days after right-of-center bloggers discovered that two of five women featured in an Obama campaign video were partisan Democrats, rather than recent Republicans.
The 157-second video, titled â€śRepublican Women for Obama,â€ť featured Maria Ciano, and her mother Delia Ciano, a registered Democrat.