Washington (CNN) – One more group is jumping into the ad wars for the special election in New York's 26th congressional district, which has become a referendum of sorts on the House GOP budget plan.
House Majority PAC, a new, independent Democratic-leaning group, is planning TV ads next week targeting Republican candidate Jane Corwin for her support of the Republican budget plan passed through the House.
"We will make sure voters in NY-26 are aware of Jane Corwin's support for a budget that not only ends Medicare as we know it, but also increases the national debt by providing giveaways to millionaires and big oil companies," said Ali Lapp, executive director for House Majority PAC.
The race pits Corwin, a Republican New York State Assembly member, against Democrat Kathleen Hochul and independent Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, a conservative former Democrat.
The winner of the May 24 special election will fill the seat of Republican Rep. Chris Lee, who resigned in April hours after the gossip website Gawker posted shirtless photos of the married congressman as well as e-mails from him soliciting a date with a woman through Craigslist.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, the conservative 527 organization, American Crossroads, the conservative FreedomWorks Political Action Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have all made ad purchases in the district.
Republican voters greatly outnumber Democratic voters in New York's 26th congressional district that includes suburbs of Buffalo and Rochester. Then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain won the district by 6 points in 2008 and Lee won re-election by a 3-1 margin in November. But recent polls suggest the contest is competitive between Corwin and Hochul.