Welcome to Roll Call’s new feature to highlight the most interesting campaign ads every week.
In fall 2012, Roll Call ran a similar daily feature highlighting the good, the vicious and the wild of political ads. We planned to bring the feature back this fall, but the early influx of advertising in campaigns this cycle prompted a speedier comeback.
More than anything else, Roll Call seeks to highlight ads that break through the clutter in this new weekly feature. Here are those TV ads from this week:
Idaho’s 2nd District: Nancy Pelosi’s GOP Primary Cameo
Conservative groups spent big bucks over the last four years making House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the bogeyman in television ads targeting Democrats.
Now, outside groups backing the two Republicans running in this safe GOP primary are trying to tar the opposition with an association to Pelosi.
The most recent instance of this came this week from a tea party group.
Ad Buyer: Madison Action Fund
Ad buy: The group says they put $34,000 behind the spot, which includes Fox News and “some broadcast.”
The Race: Attorney Bryan Smith is challenging Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho. Groups like Madison and the Club for Grown would like to see their candidate, Smith, oust Simpson, a Boehner ally.
In the spot, Simpson “joined Pelosi in voting to take more of your money to fund sex study programs of San Francisco prostitutes.”
But Pelosi also surfaced in an ad from Defending Main Street super PAC, a group that backs Simpson.