New York: Davis Launches Two Ads in Third House Bid

Posted June 17, 2008 at 6:40pm

Jack Davis (D), the wealthy factory owner who is making his third run for the 26th district House seat, began airing two 30-second ads on area cable TV outlets Tuesday.

The first ad, “My Fight,” opens with scrapbooks showing black-and-white photographs of Davis’ youth.

“Growing up we didn’t have much more than pride in America and a strong work ethic,” Davis says in the ad. He goes on to talk about how he built a business and how the government has been taken over by special interests.

“Their money doesn’t impress me — I won’t take a dime,” he vows.

The second ad, “Our Family,” is a dramatization of a husband coming home to tell his wife that he has just been laid off.

“They say it’s cheaper to do the work in China,” the man says.

“What are we going to do now?” his wife wonders.

Davis has made his opposition to free-trade agreements and illegal immigration the cornerstone of his campaigns, and in the ad he says, “George Bush and his free-trade policies are responsible for tragedies like this.”

The ads were produced by Mullen & Co., a Washington, D.C.-based firm. They are expected to air, at growing levels of frequency, through Election Day.

Davis was the Democratic nominee against Rep. Tom Reynolds (R) in 2004 and 2006, and ran surprisingly strong races. With Reynolds retiring this year, Davis is in a Democratic primary against Iraq War veteran Jon Powers, who has been endorsed by the Democratic chairmen of the seven counties in the 26th district; Erie County Councilwoman Kathy Konst; and lawyer Alice Kryzan.

The likely Republican nominee is wealthy businessman Christopher Lee.