(Updated below with a comment from Ann Kirkpatrick's spokeswoman.)
Today, the NRCC put out an ad linking Kirkpatrick to Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, and to "Obamacare." Here it is:
The ad starts with a Photoshopped old-fashioned postcard showing Pelosi in front of the U.S. Capitol with the text "Wish you were here" across the top. The narrator says:
Nancy Pelosi is desperate to have Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick back in Congress. Because Kirkpatrick helped her pass Obamacare. That vote could destroy 249,000 jobs and raise taxes by $2,000 for some families.
It goes on to show Paton in his Army uniform, calling him a "combat veteran" and "fiscal conservative" who will vote to repeal Obamacare.
The NRCC announced in mid-August that it is planning to spend at least $900,000 in the Paton-Kirkpatrick race. That may help offset Kirkpatrick's large lead in fundraising by the campaign itself.
On Friday, Kirkpatrick's campaign put out its first ad, a biographical spot touting the candidate's deep roots in the district. The new Congressional District 1 covers 55,000 square miles, about half of Arizona, from Oro Valley to the Four Corners, Flagstaff, Sedona and part of Mohave County.
Jennifer Johnson, spokeswoman for Kirkpatrick, said in a written comment: “This ad is pure nonsense, and it shows how desperate the national Republicans are to prop up a payday-loan lobbyist like Paton. The fact is, Ann has a strong record of putting her district first. In 2010, Ann was even named as one of the ‘Top 10 most rebellious members of Congress’ because of her willingness to break from her party when she believed it was right for her district.”