Republican group criticizes Mark Kelly in English and Spanish TV ads

The Republican National Senate Committee (NRSC) has released two ads in Arizona, in English and Spanish, targeting vulnerable Democratic Senator Mark Kelly, who is up for re-election in November.

Kelly has voted on Biden-backed legislation 97% of the time since entering the Senate in 2021, which is mentioned in both ads.

The English-language ad highlights “how Kelly voted to fuel the current crisis on the southern border: funding sanctuary cities, sending taxpayer-funded checks to illegal immigrants and against a border wall,” the NRSC said in a statement. press Thursday. The ad campaign is titled “Against Arizona” and is part of the NRSC’s “seven-figure ad buy” that will begin airing statewide on Monday.

A group of individuals are being returned to Mexico, based on Title 42, after being encountered by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Sasabe, Arizona on March 22, 2020. (CBP Photo/Jerry Glaser)

The ad also criticizes Kelly for voting against a government funding bill last August that would have established “a deficit-neutral reserve fund aimed at ensuring that the Department of Homeland Security” is given the power to evict any person it deems necessary based on Title 42. grounds.

Kelly recently joined other vulnerable Senate Democrats in opposing the Biden administration’s plan to end Title 42. Kelly’s departure from the Biden administration’s position comes as the number of the president’s polls is ‘dangerously low’ in the Grand Canyon state, according to Politics.

The Spanish ad is slightly different as it targets Kelly on the inflation crisis, referring to rising gas and grocery prices in Arizona, which an Axios-Ipsos poll found was a concern. major for 34% of Hispanic voters.

On Friday, the NRSC kicked off the ten-day, $250,000 ad campaign against Kelly. The ad will air on “Spanish-language network and cable television in the Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma areas,” according to Axios.

A the wall street journal A March survey showed Republicans lead Democrats by nine points among Hispanic voters, indicating that buying ads in Spanish could help build GOP support among that community in Arizona.

Kelly will be well funded heading into the November midterms. Breitbart News recently reported that “the Democratic incumbent has raised over $61.5 million in the first three months of the year.”

Kelly will also likely have “well over $100 million in his war chest by November,” according to a campaign official for Blake Masters, a frontrunner in the U.S. Senate Republican primary field in Arizona. However, Masters himself has proven to be a tremendous fundraiser, bringing in $1,168,145 from individual contributions alone in the first three months of the year, far more than any of his majors. Republican opponents.

You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.


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