The super PAC aligned with House Republican leadership is targeting two first-term Democratic congressmen in a new pair of ads tying them to the so-called Green New Deal.
The pair of digital ads from Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) signal that Republicans are eager to hinge their 2020 effort to recapture control of the House on the sweeping environmental and infrastructure overhaul proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.).
One ad going after Rep. Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP Gun control group rolls out House endorsements Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary MORE (D-N.Y.) warns of “less freedom” and “higher taxes” under the Green New Deal, while pairing together Delgado and Ocasio-Cortez.
“Antonio Delgado and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have begun their radical Green New Deal assault on the American economy,” a narrator says in the ad.
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In another spot hitting Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas), the super PAC accuses him of supporting a carbon tax and also seeks to tie him to Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman representative and self-described democratic socialist.
“His carbon tax and her Green New Deal means skyrocketing prices, higher taxes for Texas families,” a narrator says.
To be sure, neither Delgado nor Allred has signed onto a Green New Deal resolution laying out the goals of the program that was introduced last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left Markey touts past praise from Kennedy: ‘He does an incredible job’ Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE (D-Mass.).
Delgado backed the idea of a Green New Deal on the campaign trail last year, but hasn’t yet come out in support of the legislation.
Likewise, Allred said at a town hall over the weekend that he supports “some of the goals of the Green New Deal,” but that the specifics of the proposal still needed to be addressed.
The resolution introduced last week calls for cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to net zero over 10 years, shifting 100 percent of America’s energy supply to renewable sources and guaranteeing jobs for all.
The ads mark an early effort by CLF and Republicans to win back two House districts that flipped from GOP control in the 2018 midterm elections.
Allred, a former professor football player, beat out former Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsTexas kicks off critical battle for House control The Hill’s review of John Solomon’s columns on Ukraine Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden MORE (R-Texas) in November, while Delgado, an attorney, defeated former Rep. John FasoJohn James FasoThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority GOP House super PAC targets two freshman Dems with new ads MORE (R-N.Y.) in his Hudson Valley district.
–Updated on Feb. 12 at 10:53 a.m.