ads

Barr Compares Time in Congress to Fighter Pilot Opponent’s Military Service
Kentucky Democrats say Barr has ‘obviously lost his mind’ in Toss-up House race

Republican Rep. Andy Barr said that both he and Democrat Amy McGrath “both served our country” in equating his time in Congress to his opponent’s military record. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Andy Barr is getting flak for comparing his three terms in Congress to opponent Amy McGrath’s 20 years as a fighter pilot in a hotly contest campaign for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district. 

"We both served our country,” Barr told the New York Times Thursday. “I’ve served in a position where ideas matter. My opponent has served her country in the military, where execution matters.”

John Katko Highlights Synthetic Drug Issue in New TV Ad
New York Republican is up for re-election in a district that backed Clinton

The campaign of Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., has stressed his work to combat the opioid epidemic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Rep. John Katko is often listed among the Republican incumbents who could withstand a blue wave because he connects with his district and localizes his campaigns. And his new television ad is the latest example of that strategy.

Katko is launching an ad titled “Makes Things Happen,” featuring Teresa Woolson, whose 19-year-old son died after using synthetic marijuana. Woolson launched a foundation in her son’s honor and was Katko’s guest to the State of the Union this year.

Beto O’Rourke Drops $1.27 Million in Ads
Ads will play in all 20 of Texas’ media markets.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, (right), shown here with Rep. Scott Peters, D- Calif., is going on the offensive with an ad campaign after a fundraising blitz. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke went on the offensive against Sen. Ted Cruz after a fundraising blitz, dropping $1.27 million worth in ads against his opponent.

The Democrat’s campaign said it would play ads in all 20 of Texas’ media market.

Walorski Opponent Drops More than $100,000 On Ad
Highlights work as a minister

Mel Hall, who is challenging Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., released an ad highlighting his time as a minister. (Team Mel/YouTube)

Rep. Jackie Walorski’s Democratic challenger in Indiana’s 2nd District announced Wednesday an ad buy worth more than $100,000.

Democratic businessman Mel Hall’s latest ad highlights his time as a minister in inner city Detroit.

Democratic Group Launches Wildfire Ads Against California Congressman
Red to Blue CA is targeting GOP Rep. Tom McClintock in NorCal district

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is a DCCC target this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic outside group is launching a new ad campaign against California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock, accusing him of voting against wildfire assistance last year. The launch comes as the largest wildfire in the state’s history rages in northern California.

Red to Blue CA is coming out with mailers and a digital ad on Facebook linking the congressman from the largely rural 4th District to the wildfire. The group cites his December 2017 vote against an emergency spending bill that offered additional funds to communities recovering from hurricanes and wildfires. The measure did pass the House.

Florida Candidate Goes All-In on Impeachment Message
David Richardson hopes to stand out against Donna Shalala in 27th District primary

Florida state Rep. David Richardson is making impeaching the president a big focus of his message ahead of the Aug. 28 Democratic primary. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While national Democrats are urging candidates to steer clear of talking about impeaching President Donald Trump, Florida state Rep. David Richardson is going all-in on that very message ahead of the Democratic primary later this month in the open 27th District. 

In a new ad released Monday, Richardson touts his introduction of an impeachment resolution in the state Legislature and calls out his top Democratic opponent, Donna Shalala, for not talking about the issue. 

Jones Wants Meeting With Kavanaugh After Hearing
Alabama Democrat criticizes money being spent to influence his vote

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., speaks on a panel at the Center for American Progress’ ‘Ideas’ conference May 15. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Doug Jones said he hopes to meet with Judge Brett Kavanaugh after his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In an interview with 106.5’s Midday Mobile talk show on Friday, Jones criticized the amount of money being spent trying to influence his vote, according to Yellowhammer News.

Cruz Highlights Hurricane Relief Work in First TV Ad
Texas Republican faces challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Sen. Ted Cruz’s first TV ad in his race against Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke shows scenes and testimonials of the incumbent’s hurricane relief efforts. (Ted Cruz for Senate via YouTube)

Sen. Ted Cruz released his first ad in his re-election bid highlighting his efforts to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey last year.

The ad says Cruz “brought home billions in disaster relief” and passed tax relief for people affected by the hurricane over scenes of the senator touring hard-hit areas and comforting survivors.

Ohio’s 12th District Race Tightens in Final Stretch of Special Election
Republican Balderson is still favored, but Democrat O’Connor is closing the gap

Democrat Danny O’Connor is waging a surprisingly competitive race in Ohio’s ancestrally Republican 12th District. (Jonathan Quilter/The Columbus Dispatch via AP file photo)

The first week of August isn’t normally for politicking.

But all eyes are on the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, for the next few days ahead of the last special election before the November midterms.

Democratic Candidates Should Be Bolder on Gun Control, Poll Finds
“The center has shifted on this issue,” gun control advocate says

Students march to the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue to call on Congress to act on gun violence prevention during a national walkout on April 20 to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Gun control has been a third rail of Democratic campaigns, but a new poll suggests that Democratic candidates should embrace a bolder approach to restrictions on guns, even in general elections.

Up to this point, Democrats have been decidedly defensive on guns. The most famous instances of Democratic candidates using guns in television ads include West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III shooting the so-called cap-and-trade bill, former Georgia Rep. John Barrow talking about his granddaddy’s pistol and Missouri Senate candidate Jason Kander assembling a rifle blindfolded. The ads were meant to reassure voters that Democrats didn’t want to take away their guns.