by Jim Nintzel
The House Majority PAC, which supports Democratic congressional candidates, is responding to the LIBRE Initiative's recent TV ads criticizing U.S. Reps. Ron Barber (D-CD2) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) with a $365,000 ad buy targeting Republicans Martha McSally (who hopes to unseat Barber) and Andy Tobin, the speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives who is in a three-way race for the GOP nomination to take on Kirkpatrick. The press release from House Majority PAC's Matt Thornton:
House Majority PAC today announced the release of two ads running in both Arizona 01 and 02 congressional districts in response to unfair and misleading Koch brothers-funded ads attacking Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber.
The ads began running today. The buys are approximately $250,000 in AZ-01 and $115,000 in AZ-02.
“There is no doubt who the Koch brothers want in control of Congress: people who will support their extreme agenda, not stand up for working people,” said Matt Thornton, Communications Director for House Majority PAC. “Arizonans have a right to know about the Koch brothers’ hidden agenda and why they support certain candidates.”
Here's the ad targeting House Speaker Andy Tobin:
Tobin has already responded to the ads with the following emailed statement:
The fact that Nancy Pelosi is using her Super PAC to attack me in April shows just how competitive this race is and how worried national Democrats are that we will replace Ann Kirkpatrick in November. But Arizonans won’t fall for these deceptive ads. Seniors are feeling the impacts of ObamaCare first hand and know that Kirkpatrick is the one who has voted to cut Medicare and reduce the quality of their health care. I want to bring their voices to Washington to be a check and a balance on Nancy Pelosi and President Obama to ensure that seniors are protected from the devastating consequences of ObamaCare. Unfortunately, Ann Kirkpatrick continues to support this horrible law.
Tobin also used the ad to send out a fundraising pitch to supporters.
The Weekly has reached out to Team McSally for a response to the ads.