West Virginia’s Sen. Robert Byrd “is running scared,” according to blogger Don Surber, a Mountain State journalist. Last week, as Surber noted, the National Republican Senatorial Committee began airing anti-Byrd ads, and now Byrd is airing back. Surber transcribes the Byrd ad:
Announcer: Out-of-state special interests are running false attack ads against our Sen. Robert Byrd. Their agenda: privatize social security and tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas.
Man in blue shirt: I’m Sgt. Jared Towner and I served in Iraq. Sen. Byrd has provided for us, bringing jobs to West Virginia, funding schools and hospitals, protecting our jobs and supporting our troops.
Byrd: I’m Robert Byrd. I approved this ad because the people of West Virginia deserve the truth.
Noting that Byrd “never was re-elected by less than 30 percent,” Surber sees the early ad as a show of weakness: “West Virginia may have its first truly contest Senate race in 22 years.”