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HMP, AAN Launch Ads in Dozens of Districts

Trump's plans to campaign for Midwestern Republicans on trade puts candidates in a tricky position.

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Ally Mutnick and Drew Gerber
July 24, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

The American Action Network released a new ad in its bipartisan campaign praising members who work to fight the opioid crisis. The ad features a former opioid addict urging Congress to “keep fighting.” The spot will run in the districts of Reps. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA 11), Steve Knight (R-CA 25), Mike Coffman (R-CO 06), Peter Roskam (R-IL 06), Andy Barr (R-KY 06), Katherine Clark (D-MA 05), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME 02), Don Bacon (R-NE 02), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ 03), Leonard Lance (R-NJ 07), Claudia Tenney (R-NY 22), Steve Chabot (R-OH 01), Greg Walden (R-OR 02), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 01). (release)

ON THE WEB. House Majority PAC launched a second round of digital ads targeting a dozen GOP-held districts over health care and taxes. It's part of a $3 million, 10-week campaign that began on June 27. The targets of the ads: Barr, Tenney, Chabot and Reps. French Hill (R-AR 02), Jeff Denham (R-CA 10), Mike Bost (R-IL 12), Kevin Yoder (R-KS 03), Erik Paulsen (R-MN 03), pastor Mark Harris in NC-09, state Assemblyman Jay Webber in NJ-11, Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein in PA-07, and state Sen. Dino Rossi in WA-08.

The digital ads will run "across a variety of major video and music streaming platforms including Hulu, CBS, Spotify, YouTube, and Facebook." (release)

LEADERSHIP WATCH. Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA 37) "is starting to generate buzz as a sleeper pick to snag a spot on the leadership ladder or even possibly become speaker if Democrats win the House. Her emergence as a potential party leader ... comes as many Democrats are jockeying for position in the wake of Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley's loss and amid a string of declarations from lawmakers and candidates that they won't back Nancy Pelosi in the next party elections." As a Californian and a black woman, "that trifecta is a heck of a pool of possible supporters to start with in a Democratic leadership election." (NBC News)

TRUMP TRADEOFF. "While members of Congress in safely Republican districts are free to always side with Trump, those serving in more moderate districts have repeatedly found themselves squeezed between their need to court Trump supporters and the friction his actions have prompted in their districts. Their fallback is often silence. ... None of this has dampened Trump’s own desire to make himself a centerpiece of the fall campaign. White House officials are trying to book two or three days a week for much of the fall for Trump to travel, in line with previous presidents. ... Trump is determined to make trade part of the midterm discussion — even though many in the White House are skeptical that it is a good issue, particularly in battleground Midwestern states" like Illinois and Iowa, which Trump are visiting next week. (Washington Post)

ENDORSEMENTS. End Citizens United endorsed four candidate on Tuesday, all of whom reject corporate PAC money: Lt. Gov. Doug Chin (D) in HI-01, former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) in MI-13, state Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) in MN-05, and former Nolan campaign manager Joe Radinovich (D) in MN-08. (release)


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