TV Ads Mark The Start Of The Campaign Year

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A campaign year really doesn't officially begin until the TV ads start.  And today, two new ads are playing.

The first, by Gov John Kasich's campaign, is a minute long spot which reintroduces him to the people of Ohio.

"He grew up in a hard-working steel town on the Ohio River," the ad begins, without pointing out that Kasich grew up in Pennsylvania, not Ohio.  "It was here John Kasich's father carried the mail on his back six days a week. His grandfather worked in the coal mines; his mother was the daughter of immigrants."

The ad points out that when Kasich "stepped out on his own" he earned a degree from The Ohio State University "and became a proud Buckeye."

Kasich's reelection campaign has a huge cash advantage over his likely Democratic opponent, Ed FitzGerald.

FitzGerald's campaign slammed the ad in a press release.

"Kasich's in a rush to put his ads up first because he knows he's vulnerable," said Nick Buis, FitzGerald campaign manager.  "Four years of attacking the working and middle class of Ohio isn't exactly a winning re-election strategy."

Meantime in Cincinnati, House Speaker John Boehner is facing a tea party challenge - and this ad:

"Your electile dysfunction could be a question of bloodflow," says the announcer.  "Sometimes, when a politician has been in DC too long, it goes to his head and he just can't seem to get the job done."

The ad, by tea party candidate JD Winteregg, spoofs some of the personal ads you could see - especially during late night.

It's amusing, but it also exposes a problem from Boehner.

There is growing resentment from conservatives and the Tea Party about his job as speaker.

The Tea Party Leadership Fund has spent more than $300,000 to back Winteregg against Boehner in his Cincinnati area district.