Tennessee

Pro-Drilling Group Goes After Republican

Sometimes, even in the hyper-partisan landscape of attack ads, principles can trump party.

The American Future Fund believes in drilling (here and now). And though Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is a Republican, and though he is up for reelection, AFF won't let him stand in the way. In what appears to be its first effort against a Republican candidate, the group is running a radio ad targeting Chambliss and Georgia's other senator for supporting the "Gang of 10" compromise with Democrats over energy legislation.

Chambliss has already taken a lot of heat from Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives for playing nice with the other side. Chambliss probably needn't worry, though — the Cook Political Report rates the race "solid Republican."

The AFF ad says the bipartisan compromise plan will impose energy taxes, discouraging oil exploration and costing jobs. The group is running similar ads against Republican Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee (neither is up for reelection), as well as one against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

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