New Amodei ad labels Marshall as ‘rubber stamp’ for Obama

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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As early voting wears on and election day nears in the Nevada special election, Republican Mark Amodei released a new ad Friday labeling his opponent Kate Marshall as a “rubber stamp” for the Democratic establishment.

“Who does Kate Marshall speak for?” reads the text on the screen.

“This election is about you,” says President Barack Obama in a video clip. “This election is about you,” mimics Marshall.

“Change the direction of America,” says Vice President Joe Biden. “Change the direction of America,” says Marshall in another clip.

Successive clips show Marshall using the same wording as Obama and Harry Reid.

“Send Washington a Message,” reads text on the screen. “Not a rubber stamp.”

“This election has always been about which candidate will be able to turn out their voters, and we will continue to communicate with voters about what’s at stake in this election,” said Amodei’s communications director Peter DeMarco in an ad.

The ad comes at the conclusion of a full week of early voting in the race to fill the seat vacated by Dean Heller, who was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Brian Sandoval after former Sen. John Ensign resigned facing ethics investigations. The results thus far suggest that Amodei has a handsome lead.

According to the Nevada secretary of state’s website, by the time the polls closed Wednesday, 19,718 Republicans had voted early at the polls or cast absentee ballots, while just 11,559 registered Democrats had done so. Some 4,134 voters who do not identify as either Republican or Democrat have also voted.

Following the release of the first two days of data, the Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston called the results “very, very ominous for Marshall.”

Marshall’s campaign remains undaunted, however. Touting the announcement of $450,000 raised in the pre-special election filing period, Marshall’s communications director James Hallinan lambasted the ad as another attempt by Amodei to mask his record.

“Mark Amodei clearly wants to run against anybody except for Kate Marshall — and for good reason,” Hallinan said. Mark Amodei sponsored the largest tax increase in the history of Nevada. Mark Amodei does not have a jobs plan. And Mark Amodei is continuing to hide the fact that he supports the Ryan plan, which guts Medicare for seniors. Kate Marshall, on the other hand, has a jobs bill. Kate Marshall is the only candidate in this race that is committed to protecting Medicare and Social Security, and is not for upping the minimum age for recipients.”

Early voting in the special election began on Saturday, August 27. Election day is September 13.

See Amodei’s ad here: