Washington (CNN) – National Republicans will begin airing a new 30 second commercial this week in Rep. John Spratt's congressional district, criticizing the South Carolina Democrat for his role as House Budget Committee chairman.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is airing the political ad with the hope of pressuring Spratt to choose retirement over running for a 15th term to the House.
There are rumors that Spratt, who was first elected in 1982, is contemplating leaving office in November. Spratt has a history of being a very strong incumbent. In 2008, he won re-election by a 62 percent to 37 percent margin in a district where John McCain defeated Barack Obama by a 53 percent to 46 percent spread. But this year, Congressional Republicans are touting Mick Mulvaney, a GOP state senator, as a candidate who can potentially knock off the powerful chairman.
In addition to the NRCC's weeklong cable buy, the House GOP campaign arm is sending out an e-mail blast to its entire supporter list this afternoon asking them to donate money to keep the ad on the air. Third party interest groups often use this fundraising technique to encourage their supporters to help fund political commercials.
Full text of ad after the jump:
The press called it "the most fiscally irresponsible budget in the history of the federal government."
And John Spratt wrote it. Spratt is Nancy Pelosi's budget chairman….and the Spratt budget has a trillion dollar deficit.
And Spratt's the architect of legislation Democrats may use to ram through a government takeover of health care.
Call John Spratt. Tell him to represent South Carolina…and NOT Nancy Pelosi.
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