Let me make one thing clear: I'm no fan of Jeff Lamberti. I think he's slimy, disingenuous and doesn't have Iowans' best interest at heart. But after watching that ad, I'm not going to vote for Leonard Boswell anymore.
I consider myself a progressive. I'm strongly in favor of immigration reform, criminal justice reform and I think "the fence" is xenophobic at best. The first half of the ad tells me that Leonard Boswell isn't with me on any of those issues.
I'm also firmly against negative advertising, record slanting and character attacks. The second half of the ad goes three-for-three on those points.
From the ad:
"He (Lamberti) voted to reduce sentences for rapists, drug dealers and murderers."
The ad quotes Senate File 2275 from the 2003-2004 session. I looked it up. Here's the amendment to the code made in the bill:
A person serving a sentence for conviction of the following felonies, including a person serving a sentence for conviction of the following felonies prior to July 1, 2003, shall be denied parole or work release unless the person has served at least seven-tenths of the maximum term of the person's sentence:
Does that look like sentence reduction to you?
UPDATE: As it turns out, it was a reduction. Click here for details.
While I was on lunch today, the song "The Hit" by Smile Empty Soul came on. The refrain to the song says:
Hey record company, do you need a hand?
Cause I need a hand too,
To keep me from hitting you.
That's about how I feel.
So after this ad showed me that Leonard Boswell isn't with me on progressive issues and isn't above using character distortion to get my vote, I decided where I stand.
Iowa probably won't be better off with Jeff Lamberti in Congress, but things may not get worse, either.
As of right now, I'm planning on leaving that race blank.