The National Republican Congressional Committee is launching a
Valentine's Day-themed ad today that ties a California Democrat to
President Barack Obama and Solyndra, the failed solar-power company.
The ad against Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) will air on cable for the
next two weeks. The NRCC spent a total of $6,175 in the San
Francisco and Sacramento media markets.
"McNerney backed Obama's plan feeding half a billion to Solyndra,
the solar company that was heading for bankruptcy," the ad's
announcer says as a picture of McNerney appears within a red heart.
The ad also states that a Solyndra investor donated money to the
campaigns of both McNerney and Obama, and that, "Apparently, money
can buy you love."
This is at least the second such ad the NRCC has run in the state
after airing a similar one in October against Rep. John Garamendi
(D). McNerney and Garamendi are running in two of at least a half-
dozen districts in the state the NRCC is targeting.
McNerney was the only person able to flip the partisan control of
a California district in the past decade. McNerney is a little safer
in the redrawn 9th district, but he faces a well-funded opponent in
law student Ricky Gill.
Joseph Kennedy III, the son of former Rep. Joe Kennedy (D) and
grandson of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.), will announce his
bid for Congress in the 4th district today, a campaign source
confirmed to Roll Call.
He announced an exploratory committee last month and just about
cleared the Democratic primary field for the open seat, currently
held by retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D).
Kennedy will likely face 2010 GOP nominee Sean Bielat in
November, but recent polls have shown the scion of the Massachusetts
political dynasty with a huge lead.
Roll Call rates the race as Safe Democratic.
Rep. Gary Peters has won a key endorsement in his race against
Rep. Hansen Clarke for the 14th district. Members of the United Auto
Workers have decided to back Peters in the Member-vs.-Member
"As a Member of Congress, Gary Peters has shown tremendous
leadership and courage by leading the fight for the automotive
industry, including his work to secure the auto loans which saved
over a million American automotive jobs," said Chuck Hall, director
of UAW Region 1.
The man who wins the Democratic nomination will almost assuredly
win the seat in November. The two Members will face each other
because Michigan lost a seat in reapportionment.
Roll Call rates this race as Safe Democratic.
Rep. Mark Critz's (D) campaign released an internal polling memo
Wednesday that showed him trailing his opponent, Rep. Jason Altmire
(D), by 10 points.
Altmire led Critz 47 percent to 37 percent in the survey.
Keystone State Republicans moved Critz and Altmire into the same
southwestern district when they redrew the Congressional map last