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Monday, September 10, 2012

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TV ad wars ramp up in 7th, 8th congressional districts

The campaign ad wars are heating up across the northern half of the state, which comprises the state's two most watched congressional races this fall.

The National Republican Congressional Committee went up with its first TV ad in northeastern Wisconsin's 8th CD over the weekend, criticizing Green Bay Dem Jamie Wall over changes to Medicare under federal health care reform.

Both 8th CD campaigns have been on the air as well. U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, debuted a new ad last week touting a "bipartisan solution to protect Wisconsin manufacturers, to protect our jobs and punish China for breaking trade rules.”

A Ribble spot from the previous week features the first-term incumbent promoting legislation to cut off Congress’ pay if lawmakers fail to pass a budget.

Wall, meanwhile, began running his first ad last week, in which he discusses his upbringing on a dairy farm and his work with small businesses.

The NRCC was already up in the neighboring 7th CD early last week, ripping former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow for backing tax hikes while taking a pay raise.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee went up in the 7th late last month, debuting an ad that criticized U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy for voting against “making sure our soldiers get paid” and against increasing combat pay in the face of a government shutdown.

Kreitlow, D-Chippewa Falls, has run two spots in recent weeks in the northwestern Wisconsin seat: his first ad knocks Duffy over his exploits as a lumberjack and reality TV star, while the second shows the candidate saying that Washington doesn’t listen to “anything that happens in Wisconsin.”

Duffy, R-Weston, began running an ad last month featuring his "pole climb" skills to make a point about his determination for reform in Congress.

-- By Andy Szal


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