Democratic super-PAC hits back in NRCC-backed races

August 28, 2012

Democratic super-PAC the House Majority PAC is launching two ads backing vulnerable Dems locked in tough reelection battles, just a day after the National Republican Congressional Committee issued ads attacking them.

Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.) are boosted by the PAC’s buy, which provides $200,000 for a two-week run of an ad against challenger Mia Love in the Salt Lake City area and $65,000 for a two-week run of an ad against challenger David Rouzer in Wilmington, N.C.

The spot against Love, titled “Resume,” knocks her for her experience as a member of the Saratoga Springs City Council, during which time the ad says she voted to raise taxes. Matheson has been comfortably ahead of Love in the polls, but she’s been personally courted by members of the GOP brass, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and is not likely to go down without an establishment-backed fight.

And the spot against Rouzer, titled “Hurt,” which offers the Democratic talking points on Medicare — that “Rouzer’s plan,” or his support of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan, would gut the program — and attempts to stamp him as a “lobbyist-turned-politician.” Though the most recent Democratic poll gave McIntyre a double-digit lead, a poll from Rouzer’s campaign put the challenger much closer to McIntyre, and the state is expected to vote red this year.

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