Rep. Sam Graves (R) recently began airing his first television ads of the election cycle, criticizing his Democratic challenger, former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes, for attending a fundraiser Monday at the residence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“In San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi’s throwing a party for Kay Barnes,” says a narrator at the beginning of the ad, as images of bohemian dancers and party-goers flash across the screen. “A ritzy California fundraiser celebrating Barnes’ San Francisco-style values.”
“Yes, to same sex marriage,” the narrator says of Barnes’ stance. “Yes, to abortion. Yes, to amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
“Kay Barnes is raising hundreds of thousands of dollar’s from West Coast liberals by promoting their values, not ours,” the ad closes. “Big city mayor Kay Barnes and Nancy Pelosi celebrating their San Francisco values.”
The ad began airing on cable and broadcast outlets in northwestern Missouri last week.
According to the event’s invitation, Barnes was one of 10 Democratic challengers to benefit from the Pelosi fundraiser.
The list included: New Jersey state Sen. John Adler (D), who is running to replace retiring Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.); Ohio state Sen. John Boccieri (D), who’s running to replace retiring Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio); former software executive Darcy Burner (D), who’s again challenging Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.); and Illinois state Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson (D), who is running to replace retiring Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.).
Also feted: ex-Florida state Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D), who’s challenging Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.); Iraq War veteran Ashwin Madia (D), who is running in retiring Rep. Jim Ramstad’s (R-Minn.) district; former Capitol Hill staffer Dan Maffei (D), who is running to replace retiring Rep. Jim Walsh (R-N.Y.); marketing consultant Dan Seals (D), who’s again taking on Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.); and former Nevada state Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus (D), who’s making a run at Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.).
— Matthew Murray