BOSTON - Despite Professor Warren previously saying she “didn’t like attack ads” and “wishing” they weren’t a part of the campaign, a front-page story in today’s Boston Globe reports that she is preparing to launch ads directly attacking Scott Brown.
According to the Globe, Warren’s new strategy would “zero in on Brown, acknowledging that while he is a likable public figure, he is not the moderate Republican that he makes himself out to be.”
“I was disappointed to read in today’s Boston Globe that Elizabeth Warren is preparing to run ads attacking me,” said Senator Brown. ”I had hoped for better in this campaign, and the voters of Massachusetts deserve better. In the past, she has criticized negative advertising, but now appears ready to adopt it based on the advice she’s getting from her Washington D.C. advisors. What her campaign doesn’t understand is that the problem voters have is not with Professor Warren’s TV ads, it’s her extremist views and her role as the founder of the radical Occupy protest movement that are turning people off.”
WARREN: “I Don’t Like Attack Ads. Why Would Anybody Like Attack Ads?”(Elizabeth Warren, Martin Institute Candidate Forum, Easton, MA, 12/6/11)
In June 2012, Warren’s Chief Advisor Said She Would Offer The Voters “A Very Positive Message.” ”Doug Rubin, a senior adviser to Warren, said the campaign is also pleased with the deal. ‘One of the benefits of the people’s pledge for our campaign is that we have a very positive message about Elizabeth and her values and this allows the campaign to communicate that message directly to voters,’ he said.” (Steve LeBlanc, “Deal Discourages TV Attack Ads In Mass. Senate Bid,” The Associated Press, 6/18/12)
In November 2011, Warren’s Campaign Said “She Wishes” That Negative Attacks Ads Were Not Part Of The Campaign. ”‘Elizabeth knew there were going to be a bunch of ridiculous attack ads against her,’ spokesman Kyle Sullivan said. ‘She wishes they weren’t a part of the campaign. She’s staying focused on the fight for middle-class families and holding accountable those who broke our economy.’”(Noah Bierman, “Outside Groups Fuel Brown-Warren Ad War,” The Boston Globe, 11/11/11)