Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin has a new ad that rebuts claims made by a super PAC that Hugin has profited by overcharging for a cancer-fighting drug manufactured by the pharmaceutical company he ran.
The ad, titled “Ryan” features the father of a young cancer patient, Kirby Davidson, talking about how Hugin and his company, Celgene, stepped in to help his son.
“Bob Hugin spent the last two decades working to improve the quality and extend the lives of people diagnosed with terminal disease,” said his campaign manager, Stacy Schuster.
Schuster accused the Menendez campaign of lying about Hugin’s record at Celgene.
“His campaign chairman called Bob Hugin a ‘bloodsucker’ and even went so far as to infer that he killed people during his time at Celgene,” Schuster said. “These disgusting attacks are fitting of a desperate politician like Bob Menendez and clear evidence that he’s scared.”
The super PC, Patients for Affordable Drugs Action, is spending an estimated $1.5 million on a TV ad slamming Hugin.
In the ad, cancer patient Pam Holt says the Revlimid keeps her alive and that Celgene charges over $600 for a drug that costs them less than $1 to make.
“Now he wants to be your Senator,” Holt says. “But I’ll always know him as the guy who made a killing – off cancer patients like me.”
Schuster’s comments caught the attention of the Menendez campaign.
“Bob Hugin is funding his campaign with blood money he pocketed from ripping off cancer patients,” said Michael Soliman, Menendez’s campaign chairman. “The facts are the facts.”
Editor’s note: comment from the Menendez campaign was added.)