Rep. Jim Renacci (R) launched his first TV ad on Monday dismissing the “phony attack ad by career politician” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), who “raised our taxes and broke his pledge on term limits.” He then challenged “Sherrod ‘Full-of-Bull’ Brown” to “look in the camera and do it yourself” in his next negative ad.
A Renacci spokeswoman said the ad was running on a $166,000 combined buy in Cleveland ($65,000), Columbus ($61,000), Dayton ($24,000), Youngstown ($9,000), and Toledo ($7,000). (Hotline reporting)
Brown led Renacci 48-34 percent in a Fallon Research poll (May 21-25; 800 RVs; +/-3.5%) conducted for the 1984 Society. (cleveland.com)
Brown’s negative ads raise “questions about whether Brown is worried the race will be close, or if he just wants a major victory to enhance his national reputation in 2020. … The tough opening attacks are a sign the race between Brown and Renacci could be among the nastiest in the country. To analysts, Brown is simply engaging in a time-honored political tactic to convince voters his opponent is flawed, both politically and personally.” (Columbus Dispatch)