Libertarian Coleman Launches 30-Second TV Commercial

Indianapolis city councilman Ed Coleman, a Libertarian, is putting the $50,000 he got from the Libertarian National Committee into action, launching a new 30-second television commercial.

The ad asks voters to re-elect Coleman to the council, but he’s only “kind of” running for re-election. Coleman first won a seat on the council in 2007 as a Republican, capturing one of four at-large positions. He jumped ship and joined the Libertarian Party in early 2009 and now, instead of trying to get re-elected city-wide, he is challenging incumbent Republican councilman Jack Sandlin in the District 24 race. It’s probably a shrewd move and likely his only hope for retaining a spot on the council. Coleman can focus his resources on a very small neighborhood rather than campaigning in the entire city.

Here is Coleman’s ad…

Ed Coleman 30sec Spot from Englehart Group on Vimeo.

On the plus side, it’s a slickly produced spot that highlights Coleman as a serious politician and an advocate for the neighborhood he wants to represent on the council. On the negative side, it’s a slickly produced commercial that likely cost thousands of dollars to shoot and edit. In a very localized campaign, like a single-district city council race, that $50,000 might have been better spent on total domination of mailboxes with literature and supporting a grassroots turn-out machine with phone banks and door-to-door campaigning. Hopefully, for his sake, Coleman and his team on the ground is doing a lot of that door-to-door stuff.

It’s been claimed that Coleman’s TV commercial is only running on cable outlets inside his district. While I find it unlikely that the campaign was able to target their television buy that precisely, as long as the TV ads are only a small part of a larger campaign, then it’s probably a net positive.


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  2. Do you have a map of District 24 handy? TV is great for mayoral campaigns, but radio ads, direct mail and door-to-door (oh, and phone banks) will be much more effective…

    I wonder how Coleman did in D24 when he won citywide? Hmmmmm.

  3. Austin Cassidy says:

    I don’t have a map, but that’s an excellent question about how he did in D24 when he won at large. My guess is that he carried it. However, that was running as a Republican….

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