1199 Runs Hillary Clinton’s Lazio Ad Against Jim Tedisco

Health care workers union SEIU 1199 is hitting the air today with this ad contrasting Democrat Scott Murphy and Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco—who is portrayed, Lazio-like, as an ostrich with his head in the sand.

Kevin Finnegan, 1199's political director, said the media buy began today and would extend through the special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday. He declined to say how much he was spending on the campaign, but that the ad will air on local television affiliates.

The ad also touts Murphy's endorsement by Barack Obama, which means that it must have been produced very recently. The union has stepped up its efforts on Murphy's behalf as he has climbed in the polls.