One day after attorney Bill Owens became the first candidate to go on the air in the special election to replace former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), the National Republican Congressional Committee returned fire with new radio and TV spots attacking the Democrat.The 30-second TV ad attempts to tie Owens to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), before touting Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R) as a better alternative.Bill Owens is ready to back higher taxes and Pelosis big spending, the announcer in the ad says. So enjoy your gift, from Pelosi with love.The radio ad takes a similar line of attack but also references President Barack Obama. Owens is lining up behind the big-spending, Obama approach to health care, the announcer says in the radio spot, adding that Owens will also support the presidents economic policies if he gets to Washington, D.C. The radio ad charges that while Owens is running some slick TV ads ... what this campaign is really about is keeping Nancy Pelosi in charge in Washington.It ends with the tag line: To stop Pelosi, Dedes the one.Owens began airing a 30-second TV spot on Sunday that seeks to introduce himself to voters by focusing on his familys military background and his efforts to create jobs.A highly competitive race is expected in the sprawling upstate district, which marginally favors Republicans.Owens, Scozzafava and Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman are running in the yet-to-be-scheduled special election.McHugh resigned his seat Monday and was sworn in as Army secretary. Gov. David Paterson (D) will set the date for the special election, and it is highly likely that it will take place on Election Day, Nov. 3.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.