Jim Marshall (D-GA) is one of the most endangered Democrats on Capitol Hill. His Democratic base does not like him because he supports the war and voted against SCHIP. The Republicans don’t much care for him either, though they’ve traditionally supported him. Lately, he’s been a bit too pro-union for the local GOP and he voted for the Wall Street bailout.
After the bailout, Marshall filmed a commercial explaining his vote. You can watch his advertisement here.
Roll Call reports this morning that Marshall shot the ad at the Perkins Coie, a lobbying firm
that *lobbied in favor of* the bailout. As Roll Call notes:
Rep. Jim Marshall is among the Members who risked political suicide last week by voting in favor of the Wall Street bailout bill. Knowing that decision might be unpopular among voters, the Georgia Democrat took out a campaign ad to explain his vote.
But now the ad is creating controversy because it was filmed at the downtown office of Perkins Coie, a firm that has undertaken lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill.
After all, if there’s any group hated worse than those Wall Street fat cats, it’s lobbyists.
UPDATE: I’m told by some friends on the Budget Committee that Perkins Coie lobbied for the plan, but I can’t find anything substantive, so I’ve struck the line saying they did.