Addison Airs TV Ad, Claims Fight for Ron Paul Fans

Funeral home director Glenn Addison, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is airing a television ad in Austin and says supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul are still up for grabs despite Paul's endorsement of former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

The ad, called “Dave and Ted's Epic Misadventures” features cartoon versions of Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, framing the former as a slick lawyer and the latter as a spineless career politician.

The ad ends with the voiceover: “Go to glennaddison.com and find out more about the man the corporate media does not want you to hear.”

Addison, widely seen as a long-shot to win his party’s nomination, has been overshadowed by opponents Dewhurst, Cruz, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and former ESPN analyst Craig James.

The ad aired earlier this week on the Fox and CBS affiliates in Austin, campaign manager Phil Pepin said. The campaign focused its limited resources on Austin because “Austin is the epicenter in Texas of Ron Paul supporters,” he said.

Pepin said Addison has seen a surge in support recently following his recent decision to publicly endorse Paul for president. Though Paul endorsed Cruz over the weekend, Addison said many Paul supporters aren’t sold on Cruz, in part because Cruz didn’t return the favor by endorsing Paul for president.

“We’re in a battle, quite frankly, with Ted Cruz over the hearts and souls of Ron Paul supporters and I think we’re winning that battle,” Pepin said.

Pepin said the campaign hopes to run the ad again in the coming weeks. Addison has raised $104,675 but had $7,517 on hand as of the end of March, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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