Meet the Attack Lads – Harold Call Me!

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Harold, call me! (2006): TV spot featuring actress claiming to have met Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. at a Playboy party

created by
Scott Howell

Apprenticed at the RNC under Lee Atwater in the 1980s, then became political director of Karl Rove’s firm in Austin. Worked for Senator Saxby Chambliss’ (R-Ga.) 2002 campaign, which produced ad suggesting Dem incumbent and triple Vietnam War amputee Max Cleland didn’t have “courage” to fight Osama bin Laden.

works for
Rudy Giuliani

produced by
Terry Nelson

Political director for Bush/Cheney ’04. Named in prosecution of Tom DeLay for allegedly helping launder illegal corporate donations through national party. Was also James Tobin’s boss during New Hampshire phone-jamming scheme. Helped produce “Harold, call me!” while head of RNC’s independent expenditure unit in 2006.
He is the former campaign manager for John McCain.

works for
Mercury Public Affairs


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