Gardner fixes ad–takes out reference to vote Markey never cast

You can see how it might happen innocently enough. Republican challenger Cory Gardner tells his ad agency or his opposition research team, “Find something on that Markey, find some vote she cast that will show what a Pelosi-loving liberal she is.”

“Yes, boss,” comes the quick response. Too bad nobody noticed until a little too late that there are two Markeys in Congress.

By now, most people know the story of the ad that launched earlier this week targeting 4th District incumbent Betsy Markey, saying she voted for President Obama’s 2010 budget even though she voted against it.

Yesterday Gardner announced that he had fixed the ad, but The New York Times was all over it this morning anyway, quoting the Markey campaign: “Colorado deserves better than Gardner’s half-baked hit jobs.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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