GOP nominee Alex Mooney touts his ability to stop the “war on coal” and repeal “Obamacare” in his first television advertisement of the general election cycle, released today.
The 30-second spot, entitled “Working for West Virginia,” is airing in the Charleston TV market, said campaign spokesman Nick Clemons. He wouldn’t give an exact amount for the size of the ad buy, but said it was “just under six figures.”
Mooney and Democrat Nick Casey are vying to succeed Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., as representative for the 2nd Congressional District. Capito is leaving the seat in a bid for the U.S. Senate.
The spot shows five different people heralding Mooney’s work and vision (the campaign made sure to point out each person lives in West Virginia.) They say Mooney has a “record of standing up to” President Barack Obama and a “perfect record” voting for lower government spending or against tax increases while serving as a state senator.
“I will fight for West Virginia jobs and values in Congress,” Mooney said, in a statement announcing the new ad.
“No one will fight harder to end Obama’s War On Coal, repeal Obamacare, and protect our values which are being trampled on by President Obama and his liberal allies in Congress.”
(Republicans, who have the majority in the U.S. House, have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 50 times. It’s never gone anywhere in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate and would be vetoed by Obama even if a repeal measure did make it out of Congress.)
The people in the ad don’t point out Mooney’s votes and service as a senator took place in Maryland. Mooney, who also served as the Maryland GOP party chairman, moved to the Eastern Panhandle in 2013 and announced his candidacy shortly thereafter.
His residency is a consistent attacking point for Democrats, and Casey bashed him this morning for not mentioning the move in the ad. Casey’s campaign manager Derek Scarbro says the ad is “misleading.”
“Mooney introduces himself to voters but conveniently forgot to mention that he just moved here from Maryland last year to run for Congress,” Scarbro said in a campaign statement.
“Mooney calls himself a ‘senator’ and talks about his legislative experience in his new ad just like he did during the primary, but he never says that he was a State Senator in Maryland.”
The Casey camp recently released it’s own ad, called “Cheap,” championing the argument Casey is fiscally responsibile. The Mooney campaign said the ad was disingenuous, pointing to Casey’s support of a massive federal stimulus package while Casey served as chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party.
Mooney’s campaign recently released a poll (from a Republican pollster) that said the GOP nominee leads Casey by 12 percentage points. The Casey campaign said they don’t think the poll is credible.
The general election is Nov. 4.