DC lobbying group releases attack ads on Jacobs

Jacobs calls ads a "false attack"

Mike Baggerman
October 21, 2019 - 12:30 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Despite an election that is more than a year away, an attack ad is targeting NY-27 candidate Chris Jacobs.

The 60-second radio ad describes Jacobs as a "Rino Republican", meaning "republican in name only". It calls Jacobs a "total Rino" and criticizes him for Albany's pay raises while raising taxes for New Yorkers. The ad also said Jacobs refused to back Trump in 2016.

This advertisement was paid for by Club for Growth Action, a Washington D.C. based lobbying group that describes itself as a free-enterprise advocacy group that has an "enormous influence" on economic policies.

Jacobs released the following statement in response to the ad:

"This false attack has already been disproven, but it is rich that the very same special interest group of career politicians and D.C. lobbyists who led the never-Trump movement is now attacking me for being insufficiently supportive of our President. Another sad example of why the swamp must be drained, but D.C. insiders won't choose the next member of Congress from Western New York, that decision will be made by Western New Yorkers. My conservative record of defending taxpayers, supporting term limits, and standing up for the second amendment and my proven ability to win tough elections will be the differentiator in this race and we are undeterred."

Club for Growth Action will run the radio ads on WBEN until Friday and paid $7,751 to run them 52 times between 5 a.m. and midnight. according to public records from the FCC. The group also has a video advertisement against Jacobs known as "Trust", though no ads have been purchased on any local television stations.  

Club for Growth Action's ad was not endorsed by any local candidates for NY-27.

New York State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said he did not hear the ad but said it's disheartening to see a candidate go negative this early in the political process.

"I don't think that's the way to curry favor and be seen as someone who is trying to be a positive force within the Republican party," he said. "I would certainly urge people to talk about the merits of their own candidacy."

Similarly, political strategist Carl Calabrese said that Jacobs was targeted because he is considered the frontrunner now that David Bellavia announced he will not run for the vacant seat.

"They're trying to define the candidates before that candidate can define himself," Calabrese said. "It's a tactic and a strategy used often in politics. This is the new reality, I guess. Campaigns never end. They almost begin the day after election day for the next cycle. Get used to it."

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