Rob Maness seems to be taking his cues from Iowa Senate candidate Ernst who has gained famed for her two swine adds and one chicken add this year, but Maness has morphed this approach into something more localized to his own state- taping the mouth of an alligator. This is something you’ll have to see to believe Jared Haftel.
Career politicians are likened to dangerous swamp critters in the add which actually does intertwine some substance in the process of riding a giant fan boat down the bayou and flashing images of gators back and forth across the screen. It mentions how Maness would oppose Obama care and defend gun ownership rights, for example.
In Louisiana, they have a “jungle” primary. If not his compatriot’s barnyard video clips in Iowa, perhaps it was that word “jungle” that conjured up images of the wilds and inspired Maness’ recent tactic. In Louisiana, one must obtain a majority vote before winning an election. Neither Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu nor front-seat Republican challenger Bill Cassidy seem likely to do that in the first round, and a Republican victory by Cassidy in a run-off this December 6th seems to be on the way.
A recent USA Today poll has Landrieu at 36 percent, Cassidy at 35 percent, Maness at 11 percent, and 18 percent supporting minor candidates or still undecided. The moderate Republicans sneer at Maness and label him “spoiler,” but Maness just smiles and runs his alligator adds.