A GOP super PAC endorsed by Republican House Leadership is using Christina Finello’s support from pro-choice groups to associate her with the “defund the police” movement in a new TV ad.
“Christina Finello is supported by the same radicals that want to defund our local police,” a voiceover says in the beginning of the ad titled, “Further” from the Congressional Leadership Fund. “Causing vandalism and crime to rise in our neighborhoods, leading to schools and parks that are less safe, by cutting crucial prevention programs and eliminating the officers in our communities who protect our most vulnerable.”
“If Christina Finello proudly sides with these extremists, how can Bucks County families ever trust her to keep us safe,” the voiceover asks towards the end of the ad.
Finello’s campaign called the attack ads a sign that Republicans see her as a real threat to unseat the incumbent, and linked Fitzpatrick to Trump.
“This ad would be laughable, were it not so sad and desperate,” said Ali Anderson, Finello campaign manager. “But once again, Brian Fitzpatrick remains silent in the face of a Trump-sized lie, happy to let others do his dirty work and refusing to take responsibility. It’s a vintage Donald Trump tactic.”
While Finello has voiced her opposition to defunding the police, NARAL and Planned Parenthood Action Fund both issued statements in solidarity with the movement .
Both pro-choice groups cited her support for abortion rights in their endorsement. In 2019, NARAL gave Fitzpatrick a 10% grade, while VoteSmart.org reports that Fitzpatrick has a 27% grade from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
On Wednesday, the CLF announced attack ads in 17 districts around the nation. PA1 is the only one in the Keystone State.
This attack ad is the latest interjection in the race from CLF in suburban Philadelphia. Last week, CLF shared an exclusive poll with PoliticsPA that showed Fitzpatrick leading Finello by 16 points. A bevy of Democratic-backed polling shows the race neck-and-neck in the district.
This also isn’t the first TV spot of the cycle to link Finello to crime related issues. Just a few weeks after Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) and the National Republican Congressional Committee released an attack ad linking Dem challenger Christina Finello to the defunding the police movement.
Last cycle, Fitzpatrick attempted to link Dem challenger Scott Wallace to Mumia Abu-Jamal for donations he made to ‘Democracy Now!,’ a liberal-leaning news outlet. In 2012, the NRCC released an ad also linking the Democratic candidate that year to Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Several ratings outlets currently have the race as Leans Republican.