On Monday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will unveil its latest in a series of ads targeting House Republicans — one of whom is Florida’s own Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota.
The DCCC will air the ads for one week, in 25 Republican-held districts across the country, as part of its “Drive for 25″ campaign, the number of seats they would need to retake the House.
Voters in some districts will hear generic ads calling their representative part of the problem with Washington and critiquing how Republicans voted on tax cuts for the wealthy and Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget. But some Republicans will get hit with highly tailored ads knocking them on issues that have been controversial for them in the past.
“Congressman David Rivera’s under criminal investigation for his personal and campaign spending. He spends more time defending himself than fighting for us,” says the narrator in the ad targeting the Florida Republican.
In a recent sit-down with the St. Petersburg Times, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said that Buchanan “has a lot of money but he also has a lot of ethical baggage.” The ad targeting Buchanan will likely bring up some of his recent controversies — including allegations that he reimbursed his employees for donations made to his 2006 and 2008 congressional campaigns.
Buchanan is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice, and the House ofRepresentatives’ Office of Congressional Ethics launched a preliminary investigation into Buchanan in late September.