by Mariana Dale
With a little over two weeks until early ballots are mailed out, the political ads for Congressional District 1 have taken an almost festive tone. One ad features a fluorescent color palatte and the other celebratory toasting. However, the messages are serious.
The House Majority PAC started airing "Neon" today. The ad uses the familiar "Payday Paton" moniker and criticizes him for wanting to privatize social security and "eliminating traditional medical care."
Paton spokesman, Barrett Marson, dispelled the accusations made in the ad via email to the TW: "It's no surprise now that Ann Kirkpatrick is having to answer questions about how she gave taxpayer-funded bonuses to her campaign staff that Nancy Pelosi has run to her rescue. This ad is full of lies and distortions about Iraq veteran Jonathan Paton, but Kirkpatrick knows she can't talk about her record of supporting ObamaCare and the failed stimulus."
Marson used similar rhetoric earlier this month in response to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attack ad that focused on Paton's involvement with the payday loan industry. He called that ad a "a complete lie and distortion of the facts" and also referenced Paton's service in Iraq.
The clip will run in Phoenix for the next week, so as to reach the eastern and northern parts of the expansive CD 1. The House Majority Pac dished out $1,000,000 for this and ads in three other districts: Arizona's CD 9, Illinois' CD 17 and Virginia's CD 2.
On September 23, the National Republican Congressional Committee released "Office Party." The ad accuses Kirkpatrick of surreptitiously hiring aides and distributing $100,000 to staff in her last few days in office as the CD 1 representative in 2011. Republican Paul Gosar replaced her seat after winning the 2010 election.
Kirkpatrick spokeswoman, Jennifer Johnson, compared the NRCC to controversial Missouri congressman Todd Akin in an email to the TW: "Given that they are bankrolling our payday-loan lobbyist opponent, the NRCC has as much credibility on payroll issues as Todd Akin has on women's issues. The fact is, Ann sponsored a bill to cut congressional pay, and when Congress refused to pass it, she went ahead and cut her own pay. And at the end of her term, Ann's office returned more than $100,000 in unused funds back to the Treasury. Her office employees were paid for their long hours, hard work and accrued leave.”