(CNN) - The conservative group American Future Fund released Friday its first television ad in a multi-platform campaign against former Sen. Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee.
The spot will air on cable television in New York, the group said, and is critical of the state's senior senator, Chuck Schumer and his support for Hagel's nomination.
"After a career supporting Israel, Schumer now backs Chuck Hagel for defense secretary," the narrator reads. "The same Chuck Hagel who supported direct negotiations with Iran after Iran's President threatened to wipe Israel off the map."
The spot also makes a couple unsupported suggestions: "How badly does Chuck Schumer want to be the Senate Majority Leader? And what did President Obama promise him?"
The ad mirrors the claims against Hagel and Schumer the group leveled in a print advertisement published on Thursday.
Schumer and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, are perhaps the two highest-profile Jewish senators who have announced their support for Hagel after speaking privately with him in recent days.
Hagel is a former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska and is seen as Obama's most controversial nominee for his second-term cabinet. Hagel has faced criticism some on both sides of the aisle because of past positions he has taken on Israel, Iran and U.S. military action.
Critics have also objected to his description in 1998 of an ambassadorial nominee as "openly, aggressively gay" – for which he has since apologized - and his 2007 remark that the "Jewish lobby intimidated lawmakers."
His supporters recently launched a group to come to his defense, but have not yet announced a pro-Hagel campaign plan.
- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report