In response to Donna Edwards’ attack ads earlier this week, Chris Van Hollen responded forcefully yesterday. John Fritze reports:
Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s campaign for Senate began airing its first attack ad against rival Rep. Donna F. Edwards on Friday, criticizing his opponent by suggesting she has been an ineffective member of Congress.
Echoing a theme Van Hollen has been sounding at debates and forums in recent months, the ad points to two analyses to suggest Edwards, a Prince George’s County Democrat, is among the most partisan members of the caucus and that she has been unable to advance legislation.
The ad comes just days after Edwards began airing her own attack ad, a spot that said Van Hollen has been open to cutting Social Security benefits and has taken money from Wall Street interests. Together, the ads represent a turn toward a sharper tone in the competitive race.
“Edwards was ranked one of the least effective members of Congress — dead last among all Democrats,” the ad’s two narrators say. “And the least willing to find common ground. That’s why The Post said Edwards was allergic to compromise just like Tea Party Republicans.”