Ann Kirkpatrick's campaign raised the ire of opponent Jonathan Paton with an ad released on Friday.
The ad starts by questioning the super PACs that have put up ads against Democrat Kirkpatrick, then pivots to discuss Republican Paton's role in Tucson's Rio Nuevo redevelopment effort.
A male voice intones "He served on the board of Rio Nuevo and wasted $200 million of taxpayer money. Now it’s under criminal investigation and could cost us another $72 million." Here's the ad:
"This is completely ridiculous," Paton said of the ad. "We called for audits to find out where the money went. We stopped the million-dollar drain."
The Kirkpatrick ad cites this item published 18 months ago in this blog, as well as this story from KOLD Channel 13. While that story says Rio Nuevo had spent $200 million, and that some of it was wasted, it does not say Rio Nuevo wasted $200 million.