A conservative group is joining Republican Scott Brown in his effort to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley and her bid to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, although Brown says he opposes the outside intervention.The Iowa-based American Future Fund plans to spend $400,000 over five days airing a television ad comparing the two major-party candidates on the issue of taxes. The ad started airing in Boston on Thursday night.[snip]"It's unfortunate that Scott Brown and his supporters have resorted to these desperate, negative attacks funded by extreme right-wing groups," said Coakley spokesman Corey Welford.[snip]
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is also condemning the ad, citing links between American Future Fund personnel and the group that attacked his Vietnam Swift Boat exploits during the 2004 presidential campaign.
Politicians' faux outrage notwithstanding, the people of Massachusetts are right to want to keep "outside groups" out of Massachusetts politics. The best way to move in that direction is to send people like Scott Brown to Washington.