Female Politicians Can Run Crass Negative Ads, Too

I confess that I don’t know much about the Massachusetts governor’s race, but here’s a pretty freaky ad for candidate Kerry Healey:

Here’s some background about the ad from Salon.com, but if there are any Massachusetts AdPulpers who can shed a little more light on this race, please comment.
This political season seems like it’s been chock full of the worst, slimiest, most pathetic TV ads ever–and unfortunately, it clouds the public’s perception of all advertising in general. Those of us who work in consumer or B-to-B advertising shouldn’t ever wonder why “advertising professionals” always rank somewhere down near car salesman on the credibility scale.
Oh, and mark my words–Tuesday will be the craziest day in American political history. The allegations of voter fraud and problems at the ballot box will be massive and nationwide. But it beats living in North Korea.

About Dan Goldgeier

Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for TalentZoo.com. Dan published the best of his TalentZoo.com columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.


  1. These advertising people who do these ads should actually be shot. Maybe I’ve had one too many glasses of wine tonight. But I really think they should have some kind of serious consequence for this. The networks should be equally culpable. Everyone involved should be shipped to Sudan where they belong. Or Somalia. Or one of the Stans.