Thursday, April 13, 2006

And They're Off! On TV, That Is

FITS has learned that Republican State Senator Greg Ryberg (pictured at left, striking a deliberative pose) has become the first 2006 candidate for statewide office to begin running television advertisements in South Carolina ... well, unless of course you count all those "Office on Aging" public service announcements from our Lite Gov, Speedy Gonzales Bauer.

Call us crazy, but who'd have thought two years ago that the first salvo in the election year television bombardment we're about to experience would be launched by a candidate for State Treasurer?

Anyway, as it turns out the debut video from "Big Head Greg and the Monsters" hit the airwaves on WIS-TV 10 (and presumably many, many other stations across the state) early this morning, and is an anti-gambling, tax cutting, family values message mix.


It's very interesting that Ryberg - who just plopped $2 million of his own money into his Treasurer's campaign war chest (the largest candidate-to-campaign donation in state history) - would go anywhere near the subject of gambling. It's an issue on which he's incredibly vulnerable given his previous ties to video poker and the lottery in South Carolina and in Georgia.

Oh well, this should make for good theatre - in more ways than one.

First, it'll be fun to watch fellow candidate for Treasurer Jeff Willis publicly call Ryberg out on his hypocrisy, and then it'll be even more fun to watch Ryberg's wife Betty (who's also in his new ad) to physically accost Willis like she did at last weekend's State Republican Convention.

Enjoy the fireworks, people (and get your TiVo remote ready). The 2006 ad wars have begun.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I recall didn't Ryberg spearhead the defeat of video poker?

4:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he did spearhead the defeat of video poker, but only after he got rich off the machines.

Ryberg's hyprocisy on gambling has long been known by political pundits in the state.

5:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When's Rick going up on TV? Oh wait, he's probably busy since he's the only candidate who hasn't filed his quarterly report.

7:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen the commercial playing the last day or so, and I could have sworn I heard the announcer say, "Greg started out driving a truck, while his wife stayed home in Aiken." I do not have a horse in this race, but is there an Aiken, Wisconsin? I thought they were not from around here. Maybe I misheard the ad, it was early this morning.

8:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Rick Quinn should watch out who in the hell he spreads campaign rhetoric about! He was quoted on this very topic in today's (Friday) Post and Courier talking about Ryberg and video poker. There is an interesting little nugget of truth on Mr. Quinn hanging out there.

There is a video tape that is in the possession of the Christian Conservatives in the upstate that clearly shows Rick Quinn and deceased Rep. Terry Haskins playing video poker at a bar in West Columbia. Momma always told me be careful before you speak.

I bet that video tape is gonna be part of a television commercial. It probably wouldn't have if Rick hadn't fired the first shot. Then again, maybe that is why Rick and Dan Tripp got in that fight the other night?

3:40 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

all these comments, and all of them from "anonymous" ... come on guys, can't some of ya'll put your names to some of this stuff?

8:43 AM


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