Jeff Fitzgerald this morning released his first TV ad of
the campaign, featuring scenes from the protests that gripped the Capitol last
year over the guv’s collective bargaining changes.
The spot opens with TV news reports on the protests in the
Capitol and one in front of his Horicon home. It then shows a picture of Gov.
Scott Walker reaching up to shake Fitzgerald’s hand as they stand on the
Assembly dais and then goes to footage of Fitzgerald speaking at a rally.
“We passed a piece of legislation that will reform the state
of Wisconsin for generations,” Fitzgerald says at the rally. “We balanced a $3.6
billion deficit without raising taxes.”
The spot then cuts to an interview Fitzgerald did in which
he says, “That’s what people are looking for. They’re looking for limited government,
less spending, and that’s what we need out in Washington, D.C.”
The spot closes by repeating the shot of Walker and Fitzgerald
shaking hands with Fitzgerald’s campaign logo imposed over the picture.
Fitzgerald, who has been plagued by poor fundraising, said
in a release the spot will run in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley. He also said he
has brought in more online donations over the past 10 days than the campaign
raised in the previous 10 months, crediting his opponents’ negative attacks on
each other as the cause for the bump.