House Majority PAC’s first televlsion ad in New York this election season is targeting freshman Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth of the Hudson Valley’s 18th Congressional District.
The super PAC’s spokesman, Andy Stone, says the ad will run for several weeks on cable television systems in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess and Orange counties.
The ads are part of a $2.2 million media buy in six key congressional districts across the country where Democrats think they have a good shot of unseating Republicans. The other targeted districts are in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa, Ohio and California.
Stone described the Hudson Valley media buy as “substantial,” but declined to say how much of the $2.2 million will be spent in New York.
The ad, titled “Wrong Party,’’ (www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXA-9ETtKaU) charges that Hayworth has embraced Tea Party values “way outside the New York mainstream,’’ according to Alixandria Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC, citing Hayworth’s vote to defund Planned Parenthood as an example.
Hayworth, who favors abortion rights, described the Planned Parenthood vote as one of her most difficult votes in Congress.
UPDATED AT 6 P.M. WITH A COMMENT FROM MICHAEL KNOWLES OF HAYWORTH’S CAMPAIGN:
“Bad poll numbers and dismal fundraising have unhinged the Maloney campaign, and they’ve led to silly and self-defeatingads like this one. Congresswoman Hayworth is a center-right candidate in a center-right district, fiscally responsible and socially moderate. The ad would be more effective if it were titled ‘Wrong District’ and highlighted the
absurdity that Sean Maloney has never lived a day of his life in the district he wants to represent, ”