Americans for Prosperity has been airing this commercial here in Indiana for the last two weeks or so in support of Governor Mike Pence's income tax cut plan that seems to be going nowhere at the Statehouse.
The ad itself is very close to an ad Mitch Daniels placed a few years back in the 2008 election cycle. In fact, it uses the same music and graphics.
I don't know if that was intentional or not, but I remembered it.
Anyway, the ad by AFP is pretty hard on Indiana's Republican-dominated legislature accusing them of planning to spend out the wazoo while refusing to cut taxes.
House Speaker Brian Bosma took some time Thursday to smack down the ads pretty hard, according to the Associated Press calling them "misinformation." Bosma was highly critical of the way the Governor rolled out his tax cut plan to legislators saying that a compromise was still possible but that Pence started in a "deficit" by giving legislators minimal time to review the plan before announcing it.
Bosma's critique came a day after Governor Pence asked AFP to back off on their attacks on the Indiana General Assembly, according to the Evansville Courier and Press, citing Ronald Reagan's so-called 11th Commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any other Republican." Fortunately for Democrats, the Tea Party fringe rarely adheres to Dutch's old adage.
The Indiana Democratic Party, in its first week under Chair John Zody, fired off a political attack via Facebook posting, "To be clear, our Republican Governor is asking a Republican special interest group to stop beating up on Republicans at the Statehouse."
Yep, that pretty much says it all guys and gals. The General Assembly is winning so far because there seems to be little movement to find a way for Pence's tax cut to get back in the budget.