|Two days after national Democrats hit the TV airwaves in northern Wisconsin, former local District Attorney Sean Duffy (R) is now defining himself with his first ad.
“Today, as the father of six, there’s a lot at stake for my family and our country,” he says in the ad. “I’ll take on Washington, cut the spending and support our small businesses – the true job creators – so all our children will inherit a stronger America.”
The 30-second ad, titled “Pioneers and Lumberjacks,” will start airing Thursday in the Wausau-Rhinelander, Duluth-Superior, Minneapolis-St. Paul and LaCrosse-Eau Claire markets. It does not mention Duffy’s time on MTV reality shows, but focuses on his Wisconsin roots – including the fact that he worked his way through school competing in lumberjack competitions.
Earlier this week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targeted Duffy with its first independent expenditure ad. The ad accused the Republican of wanting to privatize Social Security.
In the previous week, Duffy’s opponent, state Sen. Julie Lassa (D), went on the air with her first ad. She also talked about taking on Washington, D.C.
The race to replace retiring Rep. David Obey is one of the most competitive races in the country this year. It is also the most competitive House race in a state where there are battles being waged for governor and Senate.
CQ-Roll Call rates this race a Tossup.