A pact with the devil, perhaps?

Want to see one of the classic negative ads?

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina is facing a tough challenge from a Democrat named Kay Hagan.

Apparently, one Hagan fundraiser was hosted by someone who is a board member of a political action committee called the Godless Americans PAC. The Godless Americans PAC — as you can guess from their name — tries to represent the views of those who want the strictest separation of church and state.

Well, a Dole TV ad focuses entirely on the fundraiser.

The ad says that Hagan took “godless money.” Then it asks: “What did Hagan promise in return?”

Woooooooo. Happy Halloween. Here’s the ad:

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Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.