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October 25, 2014

Special-Election Candidate Trashes Obamacare in New TV Ad | #AL01

Former Republican National Committee aide Wells Griffith, a candidate in Alabama’s 1st District special election, released his second television spot on Tuesday — one week out from the primary.

In the 30-second spot, Griffith throws a thick pile of Obamacare pages in the trash bin and says that repealing the law is why he decided to run for the seat. The campaign spent about $18,000 on the ad, according to a source with knowledge of ad buys in the district.

“This document, Obamacare, is why I’m running for Congress. Because we won’t get back to creating jobs until these thousands of pages of economic destruction are relegated to the trash pile of history,” Griffith says in the ad.

The ad will run through the Sept. 24 primary, which features a crowded GOP field looking to replace former Rep. Jo Bonner. The congressman resigned in August to take a job with the University of Alabama system.

A number of other GOP candidates in the primary field are already on air with primary advertisements. Most recently, former state Sen. Bradley Byrne aired a spot about President Barack Obama’s spending on “boondoggles.”

The five top-tier candidates in the race are angling to garner the 50 percent necessary in the primary to avoid a runoff. If no candidate reaches that 50 percent threshold, there will be a runoff Nov. 5.

The GOP nominee will likely be the next member of Congress from this district. Alabama’s 1st District race is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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