NRCC Spending Money In Oregon Special Election
The National Republican Congressional Committee will begin airing a 30-second television advertisement in coordination with Republican Rob Cornilles's campaign on Wednesday, marking the first time a GOP-aligned outside group has purchased air time in the Oregon special election.
The ad goes after Democratic candidate Suzanne Bonamici for attacking Cornilles and slams her as a Medicare-cutting, tax-raising politician "with no record of job creation" before touching on Cornilles's experience as a businessman.
The coordinated ad comes on the heels of a Cornilles campaign poll, released over the weekend, that showed the Republican trailing Bonamici by only four points, 46-42 percent. The most recent public polling in the district had Bonamici ahead by double digits.
Coordinated expenditures between campaigns and independent committees are limited, so the buy does not represent a huge commitment by the NRCC, especially in comparison to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has spent over $1 million in the special election.
The ad is the first sign that national Republicans are taking serious interest in the race. National Democrats, on the other hand, have already invested money on advertising, as several groups have already hit the airwaves. In addition to the DCCC, EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood have gone on the air and the Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC has reserved air time for the stretch run of the race.
Oregon's elections are conducted entirely by mail. Voters in the district have already begun to receive ballots for the Jan. 31 election.
Check out the full script of the ad and video of the spot after the jump.