Pro-McSally PAC Accuses Sinema of Leniency on Child Prostitution

Nevada's Dean Heller and Jacky Rosen both released veterans-themed spots.

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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 12, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

AZ SEN: DefendArizona, a super PAC that spent $4.1 million defending Rep. Martha McSally (R) in the primary, launched its first ad campaign of the general election. The TV, radio, and digital ads accuse Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) of having “said no” to charging men with child prostitution if they claimed the girls “looked old enough.” It quotes Sinema from a 2007 legislative hearing in which she acknowledged some 12- and 13-year-old girls “looked older than me.”

A spokesman said the $900,000 buy lasts through this week.

Sinema’s campaign pointed out that she did vote for the bill. (Hotline reporting)

FL SEN: Gov. Rick Scott (R) in his latest ad says that Florida’s “strong economy” funded the state’s education funding to boost its performance in comparison to other states. Scott: “I like it when Florida’s first.” (Orlando Sentinel)

“Ad spending … is now even, with Democrats having spent $5.8 million in TV and radio ads since the August 28 primary, versus $5.7 million for the Republicans.” (NBC) ‘

ME SEN: Maine Liberty PAC “on Monday announced a” $100,000 “ad campaign against Sen. Angus King (I) in the first major independent expenditure of” the race. “The Virginia-based PAC launched a new digital and radio ad that points to King’s votes opposing last year’s controversial Republican-drafted tax cuts, supporting requiring states to collect sales taxes on internet sales and supporting a bipartisan surveillance bill.” (Portland Press Herald)

MN SEN: Sen. Tina Smith’s (D) latest ad highlights her work to pass the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill and her membership on the Agriculture Committee. Smith: “I’ll get the job done for Minnesota.” (Daily Kos)

NE SEN: Sen. Deb Fischer (R) launched the first TV ad of her reelection campaign Wednesday, which highlights her “blunt” persona emblematic of “the Nebraska way,” and says she fights "back against their arrogance ... every single day" in order to help veterans and the military, cut taxes, and ban “wasteful earmarks.”

Fischer: “As a Nebraska rancher, I don’t have a lot of patience for Washington’s bull. … I’m not in D.C. to rub elbows with insiders, I’m there to get results for you.” (release)

"There is a statewide buy of $300,000 backing the ad from Sept. 12-25." (Politico)

NV SEN: Sen. Dean Heller (R) released two veterans-themed TV ads on Tuesday. Veterans in one accuse Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) of having “skipped a vote to help Vietnam veterans like me suffering from Agent Orange,” voting against reform to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and campaigning with actress and war protester Jane Fonda. They close: “Jacky Rosen chose her campaign over us. That, Jacky, we will never forget.”

In the other, Heller takes credit for the removal of a VA director in Reno and the reduction in the veteran care backlog. Heller: “I will never stop fighting for those who fought for us.” (release)

Rosen launched a TV ad on Tuesday that also features veterans, who accuse “Senator Spineless” of “playing politics with veterans” and call his commercials “lies” about Rosen, who has “been with us from day one” in part by breaking with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “to bring some accountability to the VA.” The veterans also say Heller is “just trying to hide” the fact that he “got the worst grade in Nevada on veterans.” (release)

The ad is part “of the Rosen campaign’s ongoing seven-figure television buy.” (Nevada Independent)

OH SEN: Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D) new TV ad, narrated by neonatal nurse practitioner Allison Kelly, who cares for “infants born dependent on opioids.” Kelly of Brown: “He’s fighting to expand access to the specialized care these babies need. Because Sherrod Brown knows these children don’t have a voice in this crisis. So he’s making sure they’re heard.” (release)

TX SEN: Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R) “campaign has bought television ad time on CBS during the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for an ad called ‘Make Good’” in markets covering Amarillo, Waco, San Antonio, and El Paso, Rep. Beto O’Rourke's (D) hometown. O’Rourke is scheduled to appear on the show Wednesday night. (Houston Chronicle)


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