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Devin Nunes' opponent puts congressman on a child leash in billboard ad

There’s a new billboard outside a bar named Jimbo’s in Clovis, Calif.

It depicts Russian President Vladimir Putin holding leashes attached to children’s bodies with the faces of local GOP Rep. Devin Nunes and President Trump.

The Nunes child is holding an ice cream cone.

“You have been a good boy Devin,” the billboard says.

One of Nunes’ Democratic opponents, Fresno County Deputy Dist. Atty. Andrew Janz, paid for the billboard, and it directs passersby to Janz’s campaign website.

Janz has been highlighting Nunes’ national notoriety as chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, and his connection to Trump.

Nunes stepped away from leading the House investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election over accusations that he improperly disclosed classified information in order to help Trump. Those accusations came after Nunes revealed to reporters that conversations by Trump transition officials may have been inadvertently picked up by U.S. surveillance, and said he met with the source of the information at the White House.

The House Ethics Committee is looking into the allegations. As he stepped down from leading the investigation, Nunes blamed "left-wing activists" for causing a "distraction."

While the district is a target for Democrats in 2018, they acknowledge defeating the incumbent Nunes will be a heavy lift in the conservative area.

The billboard is off Highway 168 and Herndon Avenue, about a mile from Nunes’ Clovis district office. Nunes’ campaign did not immediately return requests for comment Friday.

Janz’s campaign said it rented the billboard for a month but may extend its lease.

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