VoteVets, a progressive political action committee dedicated to electing veterans, released a new ad today hitting 11th district Republican nominee Paul DeGroot on abortion. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), DeGroot’s opponent, is a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot.
The ad features a U.S. Air Force veteran named Janna, who says DeGroot’s policies would lead to draconian abortion bans if he were elected to Congress.
Script: (Janna): “The oath we swore is passed down from generation to generation – from my grandfather, to my mom, to me. So when a politician like Paul DeGroot talks about taking away rights, women’s rights – says politicians should be allowed to ban abortion with no exceptions in the case of rape or incest – I say, I didn’t defend our rights in uniform for Paul DeGroot to take them away in Congress. Protect freedom. Stop DeGroot.”
It’s not immediately clear how much money the organization is spending on the ad or where it will be distributed, though it’s the right length for a TV spot.
The ad closely matches Sherrill’s own messaging against DeGroot, which has focused heavily on abortion. Of the four TV ads Sherrill has released so far, three have focused primarily or entirely on abortion, with the most recent calling DeGroot an “extremist” and a “threat to abortion rights.”
DeGroot has said he wouldn’t support abortion bans in Congress, and has labeled himself a “pro-choice Republican” on his campaign literature. But he has also said he supports the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, saying abortion is an issue best left to the states – which in practice has meant that many states have implemented total or near-total abortion bans.
Sherrill, first elected in 2018, is considered the clear favorite for re-election to the 11th district, which was redrawn to be significantly more Democratic. DeGroot’s fundraising has been lackluster enough that he has not aired any TV ads, and outside Republican groups haven’t come to his aid.