A new 30-second television ad from Rep. Ron Barber is already drawing criticism for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The ad, titled "Flying," focuses on Barber's efforts to save the A-10 from being mothballed but the NRCC says the spot glosses over some important details.
“In an election year, Ron Barber says one thing in television ads, but back when it mattered, Barber was not there for Southern Arizona," said National Republican Congressional Committee Spokesman Daniel Scarpinato.
"Not only did Barber falsely claim there was no threat to the A-10, but he didn’t even show up to a congressional hearing where this vital economic and national security issue was discussed. Southern Arizonans want more than election year politicking – they want a representative in Congress who will fight for them when it matters,” Scarpinato said.
The Barber campaign has taken issue with the characterization that Barber simply skipped the specific congressional hearing last year.
The April 2013 Air Force hearing was held at the same time as another Congressional hearing held on border security issues, which prevented the Tucson Democrat from participating in the discussion on the future of the A-10, Congressional records show.
Barber, however, did submit a question for the record to be entered into the record and answered by Air Force leaders.
A spokesperson for the Barber campaign, Ashley Nash-Hahn, said Barber's critics are missing the bigger picture.
"Ron Barber has worked with our community in Southern Arizona and Republicans and Democrats in Congress to save the A-10 Warthog, and due to his efforts, the House recently passed a bill to fund the A-10 for another year," she said.
"While Ron was working to get the job done for Southern Arizona, (Republican Congressional District 2 candidate Martha) McSally was sending out attacks from the sidelines and using the A-10 as a political football. Southern Arizonans want a leader who prioritizes them, not their own political future."
The RNCC has backed McSally in the race, naming her as one of the "Young Guns."
The title is bestowed to candidates who have built "a formidable campaign structure and achieve important goals and benchmarks," according to the NRCC.