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September 13, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Ahoy, matey: shot across the bow in 1st Congressional District race

Things are likely to go downhill from here, but the first attack of the 1st Congressional District general election campaign is lighthearted and includes a swashbuckling pirate.

It comes from the campaign of Republican John Koster and is a spoof of a repetitive ad his Democratic opponent, Suzan DelBene, ran on television during the primary. You know the one: it repeats the phrase, “Suzan DelBene!” six times.

DelBene and Koster are running in the closest Congressional race in the state  — and one of the closest in the country — in a newly drawn district that stretches from Redmond to the Canadian border.

DelBene’s original ad asks questions, like, “Who will stand up to the tea party attacks on Medicare and Social Security?” and then shows various groups of voters answering, enthusiastically: “Suzan DelBene!”

The spoof ad asks negative questions and features voters rolling their eyes and sounding annoyed. Like this: “Who’s the one Democrat you can count on to push her liberal agenda, while paying lip service to the middle class? Voters agree: It’s (sigh, eye roll) Suzan DelBene, of course.”

The highlight of the parody is a pirate, in an eye-patch, running down a road and shouting, “Arrgh, it’s Suzan DelBene, matey!”

A spokesman for the DelBene campaign responded to the ad with this statement: “Somebody should probably call PolitiFact because, sadly, the ad gets it really wrong. It’s gonna be John Koster walking the plank this November.”

Arrgh.

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