A new 30-second television ad quietly went up late last week, criticizing former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith’s support for an international treaty designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
The 60 Plus Association, a national advocacy group for senior citizens, argues the Kyoto Protocols would hurt the state economy and force all Arizonans to pay higher utility bills.
“The Kyoto Protocol would be an absolute disaster for Arizona’s economy and consumers, especially seniors on fixed incomes, who pay a disproportionate share of their living expenses to keep the lights on. Kyoto’s crushing regulations will kill jobs, choke our economy and cause millions to cry ‘uncle’ when they get their electric bill," said 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin said in a press release.
"Unfortunately Scott Smith sides with President Obama and the radical environmentalists over the interests of Arizona’s seniors and working families,” he said.
The Republican gubernatorial hopeful, according to the ad, was one of 1,000 mayors across the country to support the Kyoto Protocols.
The group says they represent more than 167,000 seniors in the Grand Canyon state.
The ad, which is running in the Phoenix and Tucson markets on select cable channels, will stop running on July 11.
The group spent roughly $8,000 on the ads in the Tucson market, according to Federal Communications Commission records.
The group has spent more than $500,000 in the current election cycle, according to Open Secrets. They do not disclose their donors.
Text of the ad:
"Sound other countries have a say over our emission standards? Scott Smith thinks so. Like Al Gore, Smith supports the Kyoto Protocol, an international contract that sets binding greenhouse gas controls. He even signed a pledge. It would kill millions of American jobs. While the world’s biggest polluters aren’t required to reduce greenhouse gases. Smith joins liberals and Obama in their war on affordable, reliable energy and wants American taxpayers to pay for heavy regulations. Scott Smith, wrong for Arizona."