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Chamber Drops $200K in Ads Backing Rossi

Cathy McMorris Rodgers revived an old attack against Lisa Brown in WA-05 in a new TV spot and mailer.

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Drew Gerber and Alex Clearfield
July 23, 2018, 11 a.m.

WA-03: EMILY’s List endorsed WSU professor Carolyn Long (D) in her race against Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R). (release)

WA-05: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) released a TV ad on Thursday highlighting her record as a fighter for people with disabilities. Her son lives with Down's Syndrome. (release)

Former state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D) denounced ads released by McMorris Rodgers last week, which attacked Brown on a "decades-old record on the housing of sex offenders," as "scare tactics." On TV and in a mailer, McMorris Rodgers's campaign "revive[s] a similar claim made against Brown by John Moyer, whom she challenged for a state Senate seat in 1996. Brown voted against a bill that would have given the Department of Corrections authority to prohibit certain convicted sex offenders from living within a quarter mile of a school." Brown's campaign noted that the bill never even received a hearing and that she said at the time the proposal "should have included preschools and day cares" as well. "McMorris Rodgers, then a freshman legislator in the state House," voted for the bill.

McMorris Rodgers' spokesman Jared Powell: "This is Lisa’s record, and she needs to defend it to the voters of Eastern Washington.” (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

WA-08: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce dropped $200,000 for TV ads backing state Sen. Dino Rossi (R), boosting the Republican as "a champion on free trade." (Seattle Times)

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