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Democratic group releases misleading ads tying Rep. David Valadao to Donald Trump

 (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)
(Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

A super PAC supporting Democratic House candidates has produced two misleading ads connecting Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"Republican Congressman David Valadao said 'absolutely' he would support Trump," the ads state.

But the CBS Fresno interview the ads rely on is a year old and happened before the primary had begun and when there were more than a dozen Republicans vying for the nomination.

Valadao said in June that he would not support Trump or his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in November, and he has been critical of Trump's recently uncovered comments about groping women, saying they back up his decision not to support the Republican nominee.

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