Both Rep. Darrell Issa and his Democratic opponent are tying each other to their party’s leaders in ad wars in the surprisingly contested race in California’s 49th Congressional District.
Issa, an eight-term Republican congressman, released an ad last week that said Democratic challenger Doug Applegate “passed the Nancy Pelosi litmus test” for supporting liberal policies like a carbon tax, before ultimately declaring, “We can’t afford him.”
Issa released another ad highlighting his constituent work, especially with veterans, a direct appeal to the veteran and military community in the district, where the largest employer is Camp Pendleton.
Conversely, Applegate released an ad tying Issa to Donald Trump, saying that the incumbent “gamed the system to line his own pockets.”
Issa faces a surprisingly tough re-election campaign after Applegate came within less than 8,900 votes of the congressman in the state’s open primary in June where the top two winners, regardless of party, move on to the general election.
Applegate has also received support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which added his campaign to its "Red to Blue" program.