The Republican primary fight in the fifth district officially moved to the airwaves Tuesday after candidate Steven Lonegan’s campaign launched an advertisement attacking John McCann as a “flim flam man.”
“John McCann is a flim flam man trying to flim flam his way into office,” the ad says while an old-timey tune plays in the background. “Flim flam McCann voted four times for higher property taxes but didn’t pay his own taxes.”
The ad then goes on to call McCann a Democrat, attacking him for once working for a Democrat and for his pro-abortion-rights stance.
The ad has already started airing on networks in the fifth congressional district, where McCann on Tuesday launched an ad revisiting President Donald Trump’s attacks on Lonegan in 2016, when Lonegan was state director for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
In response to the release of the Lonegan ad, McCann doubled down on those attacks, adding a few others.
“The ad is a flat out lie. This exemplifies why President Trump has called Lonegan a ‘nasty guy’ and labeled him a ‘loser,’” McCann said. “The personal attacks on me distract from Lonegan’s own record of raising property taxes seven times, taking a patronage job from the Democrats and attacking first responders.”
It appears as though the animus between the two candidates has only grown as the June 5 primary approaches.