Republican Thom Tillis is using a television ad to respond to Democratic attack ads about a scandal in his legislative office and now a super PAC backing his campaign is doing the same.
American Crossroads debuted a new ad Tuesday that touts the House speaker’s record, conservative bearings and his values. (See ad below.)
“Thom Tillis proven conservative values,” the 30-second spot starts.
The ad from the Karl Rove-affiliated political group shows darkened images of Sen. Kay Hagan and President Barack Obama with a headline from a newspaper saying “Democrats are meddling in North Carolina Republican primary.” It alludes to a TV commercial from the Senate Majority PAC and a radio ad from Hagan that criticizes Tillis for giving a combined $20,000 severance to two legislative staffers who resigned after admitting to romantic relationships with lobbyists.
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“Now Washington liberals are attacking Tillis,” the Crossroads ad says. “So desperate they say anything to stop this proven conservative.”
Crossroads also says Tillis would “fight to repeal Obamacare,” a shortened version of different language from the two previous ads ( here and here) the group aired on Tillis’ behalf. All three are part of a $1 million ad buy in North Carolina designed to boost his campaign ahead of the May 6 primary.