The National Republican Congressional Committee released a TV ad hitting vulnerable Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) for his vote in favor in the 2009 stimulus act. It's the NRCC's first ad this cycle against McIntyre, whose home was drawn out of the 7th Congressional district by the GOP-controlled Legislature, but who will run there again.
"You know the old saying, 'fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me,'" a male narrator intones as a hand lights a match. "Will Mike McIntyre fool you again? Last time President Obama pushed a wasteful stimulus plan, Mike McIntyre went along with it ó and we got burned. The economy got worse," the narrator says, as a match slowly burns down near a black and white photo of McIntyre.
"Now President Obama is pushing more wasteful stimulus spending. What will Mike McIntyre do? Tell Mike McIntyre: donít burn us again," the narrator says, as the match is blown out and a graphic of McIntyre's Capitol Hill phone number appears on the screen.
The small ad buy against McIntyre, $21,000 over two weeks on cable in the Raleigh/Durham and Wilmington markets, is part of a series of ads the NRCC has released knocking Democrats they think they can unseat next fall.
The 7th voted 52 percent for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008 but was redrawn so it would have voted 58 percent for the Republican. That alone will make re-election a tough climb for McIntyre. But he may be able to sell himself as a true independent, since he only voted with his party 70 percent of the time in 2010.
McIntyre ended September with a comfortable $555,000 in cash on hand.
The current frontrunner for the GOP nomination in the district is state Sen. David Rouzer.