CD1/CD2 Watch: NRCC puts out new web based ad against Barber, Kirkpatrick

2014-04-04T16:30:00Z 2014-04-04T16:55:14Z CD1/CD2 Watch: NRCC puts out new web based ad against Barber, KirkpatrickBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The National Republican Congressional Committee will rely on Twitter this weekend to attack five Democrats seeking re-election. 

Piggy-backing onto the popularity of this weekend's college basketball championship games, the NRCC has launched the #FinalFive campaign which will criticize the elected officials 140 characters at a time. Among the targets: Arizona Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber.

Other targets of the web-based ads, according to the RNCC, are Reps. Nick Rahall (W. Va), Collin Peterson (Minn.) and John Barrow (Ga.)

Tweets from the #FinalFive can be found here.

The ads, part of the NRCC’s Red Zone program, focus on Democrats in Congressional districts that have given strong support to Republican presidential candidates, a RNCC official stated. 

NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek  said the five Democrats will continue to be targets in the coming election cycle.

“We fully intend to spend the rest of the election working to ensure that the remaining five Red Zone Democrats are eliminated from Congress this November," she said.

Daniel Scarpinato, with the National Republican Congressional Committee said the ads are designed to focus on voting record of the two Democrats.

“Ann Kirkpatrick and Ron Barber’s record are catching up to them. Southern Arizonans are ready for a fresh start and know that Kirkpatrick’s and Barber’s policies are hurting middle class families.”

While the ads make a number of claims against Barber and McSally, a sample image on the RNCC's site seems to suggest the party is backing CD2 candidate Martha McSally over the other three declared Republicans running the same district.   

The ad clearly states: Barber's opponent is McSally, making no mention of Republican candidates Shelley Kais, Jim Brown or Chuck Whooten.  

Scarpinato said the RNCC has not backed anyone in the CD2 primary but notes McSally has a clear advantage over all the candidates - including Barber - in terms of fund-raising.

Asked for a reaction to the web-based ad campaign, the spokesperson for the Barber campaign, Ashley Nash-Hahn responded to criticism the Barber has not done enough to fight for the A-10.

"While Ron Barber has worked with business leaders and Air Force veterans to protect Davis-Monthan and the A-10 mission, Martha McSally walked out of an important hearing about the A-10's future to raise campaign cash at Republican National headquarters," Nash-Hahn said. "Southern Arizona can't trust McSally to look out for us or our economy-- she only focuses on her political career." 

A spokesperson for the Kirkpatrick campaign did not respond to a request for comment by Friday afternoon. 

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson

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