Since my initial post from late last month on the year's best political ads for third party and independent candidates, a ton of new ads and campaign videos have been released by candidates across the country, and across the political spectrum, for elected offices at all levels of government. In a series of posts this week, Poli-Tea has been highlighting some of the best new ads out there, but organized by party or political affiliation. Monday's post featured Green Party political ads. Wednesday's followed up with a focus on Libertarian Party candidates. Today, in the final installment of the series, we take a look at some of the best new ads and short videos from Independent, Independence Party and Constitution Party candidates.
Best Surprise Ending: "Lawn Signs," from Tom Horner, Independence Party candidate for governor of Minnesota.
Best "Negative" Ad: The two-party system is the "Elephant in the Room" in another recent television spot from Tom Horner, Independence Party candidate for governor of Minnesota
Best Positive Ad: "The Future," from Eliot Cutler, Independent candidate for governor of Maine.
Most High-Profile Endorsements: In "Stand Up," Independent candidate for governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, touts the support of Barack Obama and Mike Bloomberg.
Most Informative 30-Second Promo: TV ad from Jake Towne, an Independent candidate for US House in Pennsylvania.
Sweetest Endorsement: This video from Jana Kemp, Independent candidate for governor of Idaho, features some outtakes from the filming of a very special endorsement.
Best Parody of a Credit Card Commercial: Charlie Crist, Independent candidate for US Senate in Florida, goes on the attack against Republican Marco Rubio and the FL GOP's credit card scandal. One in a series of aggressive attack ads.
Most Effective Anti-Illegal Immigration Ad: "Bad Policies Kill People," from Tom Tancredo, Constitution Party candidate for governor of Colorado.
Most Succinct Appeal to the Frustrated Voter: "The Blame Game," from Glenn Wilson, Independent candidate for US House in Michigan. See also, "Glenn Wilson vs. the Dons," which is undoubtedly one of the best ads of the year.
Funniest Short Video: "Interview with Two Zombies," from Jake Towne, Independent candidate for US House in Pennsylvania. Though not technically an ad, this short video from Jake Towne, in which the candidate is interviewed by two zombies, a Democrat and a Republican, literally had me laughing out loud.
And that concludes a week of posts bringing together some of the best ads out there for this year's crop of third party and independent candidates for elected office. Of course, there are surely a great many videos that I still haven't seen or unknowingly passed over. If there's a good one out there that you don't see here, drop a link in the comments.