(CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting some political muscle behind Scott Murphy, a New York Democrat fighting for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s former House seat, by funding a new radio ad that hit Empire State airwaves on Monday.
The battle between Murphy, a venture capitalist, and New York General Assembly Minority Leader Republican Jim Tedisco has turned especially nasty on the airwaves over the past few weeks. A special election for the seat is scheduled for March 31.
In the latest ad, called “Just Won’t Do,” Murphy attacks Tedisco for staying silent on whether or not he supports President Obama’s stimulus package. He also criticizes Tedisco for not saying if he supports caps on executive compensation for companies receiving federal bailout money.
Tedisco spokesman Joshua Fitzpatrick immediately released a statement calling the ad a “bold-faced lie.”
Murphy and Tedisco are fighting for the House seat in New York’s 20th congressional district, which Gillibrand occupied until she was tapped to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate. The district traditionally leans Republican, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has said winning the race is a priority. The RNC has already funded ads for Tedisco.
The DCCC would not say how much money it spent on the ad.