In a new $162,000 ad buy set to start airing on TV this Tuesday, the House Majority PAC (a pro-Democrat group) slams Republican Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) for his conservative, bigoted, anti-gay views — which they say belong in a more backwards place… like Alabama.
In the new spot, dubbed “Dixie,” the group aligned with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hits Garrett for voting against a ban on Confederate flags at military cemeteries. It also reminds voters that Garrett last year refused to pay dues to the National Republican Campaign Committee because he believed the GOP election arm actively backed gay candidates…
“His views are perfect for rural Alabama, so why is Scott Garrett representing New Jersey?” the voice-over asks. A fiddle plays a folksy tune in the background. “Scott Garrett’s views might sound fine in the Land of Cotton, but we’re not singing his tune in New Jersey.”
It’s an interesting strategy to not just slam a Congressman’s bigotry, but to slam an entire state’s reputation in the process. (Not that they’re wrong.) It’s kind of nice to see Democrats on the offensive, not shying away from condemning that brand of ignorant thinking.
New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District currently leans Republican, but Democrats feel this is one they might be able to flip in November.