Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, McClatchy’s Danielle Battaglia and Francesca Chambers published an exclusive report on a new Valentine’s Day themed Club for Growth Action TV ad and accompanying mailer in the North Carolina Republican Senate primary.
The ad will run during “The Bachelor” tonight in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington, Greenville-New Bern. The mailer will target North Carolina conservative thought leaders.
Valentine-themed attack ad in US Senate race will interrupt NC’s ‘Bachelor’ night
Ted Budd wants the final rose in his primary campaign for U.S. Senate, and a political group that’s pumping millions into his bid is launching a Valentine’s Day attack ad to help him win it. Budd-backing conservative group Club for Growth [Action] plans to run an ad linking former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to President Joe Biden and other liberal leaders during “The Bachelor” on ABC on Monday evening. “Find someone who loves you as much as Pat McCrory loves liberals,” the ad’s narrator declares to a visual of McCrory backslapping former President Barack Obama.
The hug between McCrory and Biden is shown frequently in attack ads against the Senate candidate. It happened in July 2014 during the National Governors Association meeting, where Biden was a guest speaker. National Review covered the awkward embrace, writing that Biden pulled the then-governor into the hug because Biden was insecure that McCrory wouldn’t give him so much as a smile. He repeated the complaint at least three times during his speech. His friendly hello to Obama is from the former president’s Jan. 15, 2014 visit to North Carolina to tour a Raleigh-based manufacturing institute. McCrory greeted Obama at the airport and gave him a slap on the back. McCrory’s campaign declined to comment on the attack ad. McCrory and Budd are leading in the polls for the Republican nomination to the open U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina.
The limited-run attack ad is paid for by Club for Growth’s political action committee [Club for Growth Action] and cost $12,700, a spokesman for the group said. It will air Feb. 14 in the Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern media markets.
Club for Growth [Action] said the group is also sending a mail piece to conservative influencers in the state that it expects to arrive on Monday or Tuesday. The front side of the printed literature depicts McCrory hugging Biden, while the backside features a photo of Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican and the GOP’s 2012 nominee for president.