The Washington Times - November 22, 2011, 05:15PM

Here we go — again.

The smoke had barely cleared from the 2011 elections before the conservative group Crossroads GPS, founded by Karl Rove, former advisor to President George W. Bush, launched an ad campaign targeting former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat running for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Webb.

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The ad notes that Mr. Kaine’s “reckless spending” as Virginia governor turned a surplus into a deficit. Only problem is, Mr. Kaine cut billions from the budget as the throes of the recession took hold, and, unlike the federal government, Virginia is constitutionally mandated to pass a balanced budget.

Now, the Democratic Party of Virginia is hitting back.

“One year from Election Day, Karl Rove and George Allen have already started with negative attack ads,” reads a message in the online ad (though the original advertisement was sponsored by GPS, not the campaign of the Republican former Virginia Senator and governor).

The DPVA ad then runs headlines labeling GPS’s ad misleading, or outright false.

“It’s too soon for negative attack ads,” it reads, “especially when they’re false.”