American Crossroads to Launch Ad Against John Walsh in Montana

The ad will air the same week Walsh is sworn into the Senate.

US Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana gets into an elevator after being confirmed by the US Senate as the next US Ambassador to China at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, February 6, 2014.
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Adam Wollner
Feb. 7, 2014, 10:50 a.m.

Amer­ic­an Cross­roads, the Re­pub­lic­an su­per PAC cofoun­ded by Karl Rove, plans to wel­come Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh to the U.S. Sen­ate with an at­tack ad.

Cross­roads re­por­ted to the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion that it has spent $138,000 on a TV ad op­pos­ing Walsh, a Demo­crat ap­poin­ted to the Sen­ate on Fri­day. Walsh is run­ning to re­tain the seat this fall.

Amer­ic­an Cross­roads spokes­man Jonath­an Col­le­gio said the ad will be­gin air­ing next week. Walsh is ex­pec­ted to be of­fi­cially sworn in on Tues­day.

Montana Gov. Steve Bul­lock an­nounced Walsh would serve out the re­mind­er of Sen. Max Baucus’s term. Baucus was eas­ily con­firmed on Thursday to be the next U.S. am­bas­sad­or to China; he had pre­vi­ously an­nounced he would not seek reelec­tion this year.

Walsh is the fa­vor­ite against former Lt. Gov. John Bo­hlinger in the June 3 Demo­crat­ic primary, but pri­or to his ap­point­ment, he was the un­der­dog in the gen­er­al elec­tion against Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Steve Daines — in a race that could help de­term­ine the bal­ance of power in the Sen­ate.

The ad will mark Amer­ic­an Cross­roads’ first in any Sen­ate race this cycle.

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