By ALEXANDER BURNS | Politico
GOP Rep. Todd Akin is airing his harshest TV ad yet against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, accusing her of allowing her husband to transact personal business in the Senate and profiting off her office.
The commercial rests on statements made by a former employee of Joseph Shepard, McCaskill’s husband. That ex-employee told the Daily Caller that Shepard entertained investors in the Senate dining room; McCaskill’s campaign has denied that accusation and pointed out that the accuser, Craig Woods, has a criminal record and acknowledged he never personally saw Shepard engaged in the acts he describes.
“It’s been revealed: Claire McCaskill’s husband was caught cutting business deals in the Senate dining room, selling tax credits tied to Obama’s stimulus money,” says Akin’s new ad, which was produced by the Ohio-based Strategy Group for Media.
The commercial accuses McCaskill of “arrogance and corruption,” showing an image of a jet on the screen and reminding viewers that McCaskill failed to pay taxes on a private plane for several years.
Akin’s attacks on McCaskill have grown progressively sharper over the last month, as the congressman has been forced by national Republicans to fend for himself in a difficult Senate race. His strategy has been to move the focus of the race away from himself â€“ and his controversial comments about rape and abortion â€“ and back to an incumbent who remains unpopular, in a state that’s trending conservative. Akin has also struggled to maintain his campaign cash flow and has just about $200,000 on TV right now, a media-tracking source said.
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