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Now This: Alan Grayson’s New Ad Attacks Daniel Webster, Parodies The Sopranos

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has a new campaign ad attacking his Republican opponent Daniel Webster. No, it’s not as explosive as the ‘Taliban Dan’ spot that he recently unleashed, but this new one still has some drama. A specific drama, in fact: in a minute-long homage to The Sopranos, Grayson attempts to liken Webster to New Jersey mafioso.

Like the introductory credits to that HBO mob drama, Grayson’s ad follows one driver’s commute, during which evidence of Webster’s corruption is everywhere. According to the subtitles:

Webster spent $80 million in tax dollars to build a road from his neighborhood to Disney World. He named it after himself.

A politician with an ego! Ee gads! Later, the narrator does his best Tom Waits impression (what do the song’s original performers Alabama 3 think of this, anyway?) as he sings, “Webster tried to sell our roads to Sheiks in the Middle East.” Shady? Yes. Catchy? Nope.

Between the Taliban and the Mafia, Grayson seems absolutely determined to link his opponent to organized crime. Only time will tell whether we’ll be treated to a ‘Yakuza Webster’ spot before November.

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