Democrats' ad campaign targets Hurt
The 2010 elections happened just three months ago, but the 2012 ad battle is already heating up -- and Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) is right in the middle.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Monday that it was launching a campaign of radio and Web ads against 19 House Republicans it considers vulnerable, accusing them of backing the wrong economic agenda. The DCCC's list includes the freshman Hurt, who defeated Rep. Tom Perriello (D) in the 5th district -- which stretches from north of Charlottesville down to the North Carolina border -- by 3 points in November.
"Did you know Congressman Robert Hurt has a plan to cut education and research by 40 percent that will cost hundreds-of-thousands of jobs and make America less competitive?" asks the DCCC's radio ad. "Tell Hurt to choose jobs."
The "plan" the ad references is a proposal by the Republican Study Committee, a coalition of House GOP conservatives, to cut spending across the federal government, particularly in non-defense discretionary spending areas like education. Hurt is a member of the RSC, as are more than 150 of his colleagues, though RSC leaders have stressed that not every member of their group endorses every item on their list of proposed cuts.
Hurt's campaign responded quickly to the DCCC ad.
"After their shellacking in the last election, it's no surprise that the national Democrat party is resorting to spin and scare tactics to mislead voters in their newest ad campaign," Hurt campaign strategist Chris LaCivita said in a press release. "It took one month for the liberal special interests to attack Robert for keeping his promises to Central and Southside Virginians when it comes to voting to get our fiscal house in order.
"No amount of money spent can change the fact that while Democrats are doubling-down on more failed stimulus-style government spending, Robert Hurt is delivering on the message sent by 5th District Virginians to cut spending to create jobs, grow the economy, and reduce our nation's unsustainable debt."
Given Hurt's narrow margin of victory in November, it's not surprising that he is on the DCCC's list. But it is notable that the Democratic committee chose not to include freshman Virginia GOP Reps. Scott Rigell or Morgan Griffith in its initial ad campaign. Rigell and Griffith are also members of the RSC.
| January 31, 2011; 12:06 PM ET
Categories: Ben Pershing, Election 2012, Robert Hurt
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