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Michigan: Kerry Bentivolio Releases First TV Ad in GOP Race
Posted at 12:01 a.m. on June 26, 2012
It’s the strongest indication yet that the relatively unknown Republican is ready to fight former state Sen. Nancy Cassis, a write-in candidate, for the GOP nomination on Aug. 7.
After McCotter dropped his bid because of faulty ballot petitions, only a single Republican remained on the 11th district GOP ballot — Bentivolio. In early June, local Republican officials opted to support Cassis’ write-in bid instead of Bentivolio.
But Bentivolio made it on the airwaves first with a meager buy for his spot, “Protect the American Dream.” The advertisement’s announcer describes Bentivolio as a candidate “whose soul is etched with the values that made our country great,” citing his record as a veteran and commitment to low taxes.
Bentivolio’s campaign reports that it spent $10,000 on the spot across cable and the Internet but plans to spend more this week.
Cassis recently hired Jamestown Associates, a media firm, for her write-in bid. Her campaign has yet to air any advertisements.
Local Republicans view Cassis as the better candidate for this somewhat competitive district west of Detroit — if she can win the nomination through her write-in bid.