As we told you this morning, the conservative Club For Growth and its president Chris Chocola are going after Rep. Tim Murphy in two new ads hitting the Upper St. Clair Republican on a pro-union vote and another on earmarks -- specifically the latter is on a transportation bill funding the Alaska "Bridge to Nowhere" project so ridiculed in 2008.
The only problem? Chocola, formerly a congressman from Indiana, voted for the bill too. (It was House roll call #453 from July 2005, which passed 412-8. See it here.)
The club's spokesman, Barney Keller, responded that Murphy's the one running for reelection, not Chocola:
"Last time I checked, Chris Chocola wasn’t running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District," Keller said in an email. "Tim Murphy and his allies are clearly desperate to distract from his liberal record and his support for wasteful spending and the big-labor power grab known as “card-check.” The purpose of these ads is pretty simple: prompt Tim Murphy’s constituents to ask “why’d he do that?”
Photo: Chris Chocola/Club For Growth