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Malinowski launches attack ad

By Nikita Biryukov, August 14 2018 11:54 am

Editor’s note: This article was updated with comment from the Lance campaign at 1:04 p.m.

Tom Malinowski’s gone negative.

The former assistant secretary of state on Tuesday launched his second television ad of the cycle, but unlike the first one, this ad attacks Lance, painting him as a greedy politician.

“These aren’t typical times, so we can’t afford typical politicians like Leonard lance,” the ad’s narrator says. “Lance gave himself a 40% pay hike took advantage of a loophole, taking a state pension while taking his nearly $200,000 congressional paycheck. Lance took a state-funded Cadillac health plan while voting 60 times to gut affordable healthcare for you.”

The advertisement will run throughout the district.

In this case, Malinowski didn’t throw the first stone. Rep. Lance’s campaign in July aired an ad attacking Malinowski as a far-left liberal that would raise taxes and healthcare costs, among other things.

Jim Hilk, Lance’s campaign manager, seemed unconcerned about the attack levied by Malinowski.

“Behind in the polls and virtually unknown in a congressional district where he’s never lived, Tom Malinowski has desperately gone negative,” Hilk said. “Malinowski’s attacks are recycled gibberish used unsuccessfully by Democrats in past campaigns against Leonard Lance.”
There have yet to be any public polls in the seventh congressional district, and it wasn’t immediately clear what polls Hilk was referring to.
It’s also not yet clear how effective either attack will be, but both campaigns have started to show their teeth.
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