Democratic Senator Ken Salazar will never be confused with a charismatic wordsmith. But his blunt way of speaking proved hugely entertaining yesterday, when, during a conference call, he went off on Republican Marilyn Musgrave and her most recent attack ad against opposing Dem Betsy Markey. Salazar called Musgrave "an agent of hate" and claimed that the commercial was "so absolutely over the top that it should make the people of the 4th Congressional District throw up."
Musgrave campaign manager Jason Thielman responded by calling Salazar's swipe a "sideshow." Not too long ago, however, Musgrave made the senator a co-star in her own show. In a soft-focus commercial that screened frequently a month ago, before the race turned wholly negative, Musgrave used the photo seen here to emphasize her willingness to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. If Salazar vomited on her after the pic was snapped, she left that part out.
Click "More" to see the earlier commercial, as well as the one that triggered Salazar's gag reflex. -- Michael Roberts
The Musgrave commercial featuring Salazar:
The latest anti-Markey spot:
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