Republicans Use Shirtless Footage of Dem Candidate

Ohio Lieutenant Gov. Lee Fisher just won the Democratic nomination for Senate in the Buckeye State, and he's being greeted by a Republican attack website that features a YouTube video in which he appears shirtless:



The video appears front and center on the National Republican Senatorial Committee's anti-Fisher website, FisherWrongforOhio.com (a proxy for the less aggressively named ohio.nrsc.org).

Back-story: the shirtless footage comes from a documentary called "Swing State," about the 2006 elections and co-produced by Fisher's son. It surfaced on YouTube in June 2009, posted by a conservative Ohio blog, RightOhio.com. (It's not on YouTube anymore.)

Two things bear mentioning here: 1) Fisher's in decent shape for an old guy (just saying), and 2) There's something brazen, and frankly kind of cool, about public officials hanging out in their offices, sans shirts. Evidently the footage was taken late at night.

The NRSC isn't running this video as a TV ad (just online), so it's questionable what impact, if any, this minor business of shirtlessness will have on the election.
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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