2 N.C. political ads in running for awards
Published: Wed, Jan. 21, 2009 12:30AM
Modified Wed, Jan. 21, 2009 01:23AM
Two North Carolina political ads from the past year are finalists for national awards.
One commercial is for U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, and it features the endorsement by former Marine Ilario Pantano, who was initially accused of killing two suspected Iraqi insurgents. The charges were later dropped when a military tribunal found there was no credible evidence.
The ad was created by Rotterman & Associates, the Raleigh-based political consulting firm. It is one of three finalists for Republican congressional candidates.
Another finalist is the rocking chair ad run by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee against Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole.
That ad featured two elderly men at Bynum General Store in Chatham County speculating on whether Dole was 92 or 93.
The men were actually referring to effectiveness ratings and the percentage of time she voted with President Bush — not her age.
The rocking chair ad was produced by Squier Knapp Dunn Communications of Washington. It is a finalist in the category of state candidate races.
The winner of the Reed Awards will be announced in Washington on Thursday.