An Alaska-based super PAC formed to support the Senate campaign of Republican Dan Sullivan launched a TV ad Tuesday that paints him in the mold of Ronald Reagan and longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.
Sullivan, a former state attorney general and commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, is vying for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who defeated Stevens in 2008. Begich is a top target of national Republicans, who are hoping to net six seats this fall to regain control of the Senate.
The ad, from Alaska's Energy/America's Values, is backed by a $41,000 buy and will air statewide this month, according to a release shared first with CQ Roll Call. It starts off with the voices of Reagan and Stevens before cutting to a clip from Sullivan's campaign announcement press conference in October.
"Washington is broken," Sullivan says in the clip. "Not only does it not see the opportunities, it undermines them. We can, we must and we will change this."
Art Hackney, a veteran Alaska consultant and the super PAC's managing director, said in a statement that a TV ad "can only give voters a glimpse of a candidate that hopefully piques their interest in looking at that candidate as potentially worthy of their vote."
The super PAC released three radio ads in January targeting Begich.
Sullivan raised more than $1.2 million from October to December, his first quarter of fundraising since entering the race. That was about $1 million more than Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, one of two other Republicans seeking the party's nomination in the Aug. 19 primary.
Begich raised $849,000 in the fourth quarter and had $2.8 million on hand as of Dec. 31.
The general election race is rated Tossup/Tilts Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.