A national Democratic political action committee is spending $150,000 to put messages of support for Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., on the airwaves in southern West Virginia.
The House Majority PAC announced today it’s purchased the TV time to combat “silly” and “nonsense” advertisements from “reckless GOP” groups.
The PAC was created in 2011 to combat messages from the likes of Republican politicos Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, according to the PAC’s website.
“Right-wing, Koch Brothers-funded groups are spending big to prop up a two-time party-switcher, but Mountaineers know Nick Rahall is a fighter for southern West Virginia,” said PAC spokesman Andy Stone in the press release.
Stone references state Sen. Evan Jenkins, R-Cabell, who recently disavowed his membership in the Democratic party in order to potentially run against Rahall as a Republican in West Virginia’s third congressional district.
The advertisement, called “Cannot Change” will appear for the next 10 days in the Charleston-Huntington and Beckley-Bluefield markets, according to the press release.
The 32-second clip says recent anti-Rahall ads mislead voters, and sites several newspapers clippings it claims tout Rahall’s accomplishments.
National Republican groups have already spent thousands of dollars on advertisements attacking Rahall.
The National Republican Campaign Committee says ousting Rahall is one of it’s top priorities. Tuesday it launched it’s most recent campaign, a $14,000 radio campaign. The minute-long advertisement attacks Rahall on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“Obama and Rahall: they sound the same because they are the same,” the narrator says, playing on the oft used GOP tactic of tying West Virginia Democrats to national party leaders who are unpopular in the state.
The primary is still months away, so expect many more of these advertisements before the general election next fall.