- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Two vulnerable Senate Democrats are depicted as being on the wrong side of the generation gap in a television ad released Wednesday by a millennial advocacy group.

The ad, “Tech Support,” implies Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Udall of Colorado don’t understand technology, as evidenced by their support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would create an Internet sales tax.

The cheeky ad shows a youthful tech-support employee fielding questions from a half-dozen befuddled senior lawmakers at the “Congressional I.T. Department.”

“How do I get friended on My Face?” one older man asks.

The narrator concludes, “Congress doesn’t understand the Internet, but Sen. Mark Udall decided to tax it anyway. Contact Sen. Udall and tell him to vote against the Internet sales tax.”

The ad is sponsored by Generation Opportunity, a Koch-affiliated free-market advocacy group aimed at younger voters. The group has already spent $1.2 million on television and social media in Colorado and $825,000 in North Carolina.

“My generation uses the web more than any other; our trademark entrepreneurial spirit will take a huge hit if Senator Udall has his way and this bill becomes law,” GenOpp Colorado state director Jonathan Lockwood said in a statement.

Supporters of the Internet sales tax argue that it’s needed to level the playing field between brick-and-mortar retailers and online shopping sites, who de facto don’t have to pay the same state and local taxes.

Both Ms. Hagan and Mr. Udall are seeking reelection in tight contests against younger Republican opponents.

The age gap is particularly stark in the Colorado Senate race. The mountain-climbing Mr. Udall is an youthful 64, but he’s sporting considerably more gray hair than his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, who just turned 40.

Ms. Hagan, 61, is also the elder statesperson, albeit not by much, in her race against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis, who’s 54.

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