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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

CLF airs ads in CD3, CD7

By Nikita Biryukov, September 06 2018 5:00 am

The Congressional Leadership Fund released new ads in the third and seventh congressional districts today.

In the seventh, a district that the super PAC been airing ads in since August, CLF’s new ad largely mirrors a previous ad the group put out that claimed former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski argued for the rights of terrorists.

In addition to those claims, the new ad claims that Malinowski “criticized America for waging war on Al-Qaeda.” That claim appears to be drawn from an op-ed Malinowski wrote in the Washington Post in 2007.

In the op-ed, Malinowski argued that calling U.S. military action against Al-Qaeda a war legitimized the terror group and did not speak against the military action in a broad manner.

The ad in the third district, where the super PAC also began airing ads in August, follows an attack vector Rep. Tom MacArthur has taken before, targeting Kim’s use of a homestead tax rebate for a Washington, D.C., condo the candidate later refunded.

“D.C. insider Andy Kim doesn’t think the rules apply to him,” CLF spokesman Michael Byerly said. “Kim says he was ‘entitled’ to a $70,000 tax break in D.C. during the same time he told voters he was living in New Jersey. Andy Kim is a carpet bagger, a tax cheater, and a fraud – New Jersey families deserve better.”

The ad repeatedly quotes Kim saying “I was entitled,” part of an answer Kim gave about the tax break on NJTV in June.

At the time, Kim said he took the tax break because he lived in in the capital for part year and was entitled to it for that period.

Both ads will run online and in the New York media market. The Kim ad will also run in Philadelphia’s media market.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated to further clarify Malinowski’s stance on U.S. Military action against terror groups.

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