Simpson, left, conducts a hearing in early April. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
A super PAC that defends Republican incumbents went up on air Thursday with an ad that both touts Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson’s conservative credentials and attacks the outside groups seeking to oust him in an upcoming primary.
The ad, released by Defending Main Street, seeks to discredit the Club for Growth — the main group attacking Simpson in the May 20 primary. It ties Club for Growth President Chris Chocola to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a villain to the Republican Party, and questions the club’s priorities.
“His group spends more money trying to defeat Republicans than defeating Democrats,” the narrator accuses, before going on to highlight Simpson’s votes against the Affordable Care Act and his endorsement from the National Rifle Association.
The ad is backed by a six-figure buy and will air for three weeks, according to a source familiar with the buy. Defending Main Street is a super PAC run by former Rep. Steve C. LaTourette, R-Ohio., who laments the rise of conservative outside groups like the club.