Democrats target two GOP congressmen from California with TV ads


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Democrats have launched TV ads against two California Republican congressmen they have targeted in their efforts to take control of the House of Representatives in the fall elections, while a GOP challenger to a Democratic incumbent also has taken to the airwaves.


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday began running ads attacking Central Valley Rep. Jeff Denham and Rep. Brian Bilbray of Carlsbad. The two are among about 10 Republicans the Democrats believe they have a good chance of defeating on Nov. 6.

One ad slams Denham as a ‘career politician’ who voted for a plan that would ‘essentially end Medicare’ and cost seniors $6,400 more each year.’ The other accuses Bilbray of cozying up to special interests, alleging he has ‘raised thousands from Big Oil’ and other interests he once lobbied for.

[For the record, 2:31 p.m., Sept. 6: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the Medicare plan that Denham voted for would cost seniors $640 more a year.]

The ads are the congressional Democrats’ first in California in this election cycle. They come a day after former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado began running a TV ad in his challenge to Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara.)

Maldonado’s ad features him talking about his success in building his family’s farming business and saying ‘Washington needs people who know how to run a small business. Not ruin them.’

In late July, Capps began running the first of her TV ads since the primary. In one, she talks about ways she has protected middle-class families and in the other she emphasizes women’s issues and her support for choice and Planned Parenthood.



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