Dollinger Releases Attack Ad, Robach Agrees To Debate

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Democratic Senate candidate Richard Dollinger hit the airwaves over the weekend with his first TV ad, and he comes out swinging against Republican incumbent Joseph Robach, R-Greece, Monroe County.

In one of the more hotly contested Senate races this fall, Dollinger, a former Democratic state senator, tries to link Robach — a Democrat turned Republican – with the Republican Party and even President Bush, showing a fake Bush-Robach bumper sticker.

The ad claims Robach is pro-life, pro-NRA and voted with the Republican leadership 98 percent of the time and is “pretty much the poster boy for the Republican Party.”

The attempt by Democrats is what has been their tactic against Robach since he switched parties in 2002: paint him as a conservative Republican in a heavily Democratic district that covers most of the city of Rochester.

Coincidence or not, Robach on Sunday agreed to a debate against Dollinger on WHAM-TV, Rochester’s ABC affiliate, Dollinger’s camp said.

Robach has avoided three debates Dollinger called for, but Dollinger went ahead and held them anyway, as Rochester Turning has covered.

Here’s Dollinger’s ad:

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