The National Republican Congressional Committee is poised to release a new ad for their man in the race to fill a vacant House seat in New York. The ad, titled "National Tragedy," beats up on Democratic candidate Scott Murphy for refusing to say he'd advocate the death penalty for the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The spot begins with the words "September 11, 2001." As audio plays of Murphy giving a somewhat mealy-mouthed response to the death penalty prompt, the ad shows a series of terrorist mugshots culminating with a smiling Osama bin Laden.
The ad comes on the same day a new poll showed that Republican Jim Tedisco's steadily-dwindling lead among likely voters had become a four-point deficit. Poll respondents said they viewed the Tedisco campaign as "more negative" than his opponent's.