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Gallagher Media Buy



Dan Allen of Scott Howell & Company wasn't willing to go into details Tuesday with Buzz about why his firm "stepped away" from the Tom Gallagher campaign, except to say the media consultant had "strategic differences" with where the campaign wanted to go.

The newest sign of that direction under Mike Murphy and Matt Leonardo is Gallagher's newest TV ad, up today and available on the campaign website,, that for the first time directly contrasts Gallagher with Crist. The ad, which has headshots of both candidates, uses soundbite explanations to contrast the two candidates's positions on class-size, amnesty for illegal immigration, gay civil unions and abortion.

It also references Jeb Bush twice suggesting he and Gallagher are of like mind. The ending line, dubbed over a shot of Gallagher and Bush together,  "Conservative leadership in the Jeb Bush tradition."

-- Joni James

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:12pm]


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