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New DCCC add hammers Kean on health care

30-second spot claims Kean ‘only works for the corporate special interests’

By Nikita Biryukov, September 15 2020 10:27 am

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a new ad hammering Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) with claims that he lied about his record on health care Tuesday.

In “Not Up for the Job,” a narrator quote Kean calling for a bipartisan congressman in the seventh congressional district before launching into an attack of the Republican’s voting record on health care, targeting specifically his opposition to a state bill creating a reinsurance plan and a resolution urging then-Gov. Chris Christie to steer clear of lawsuits seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.

As the narrator speaks, the screen splits vertically down the middle, showing half the senator’s face on one side and attacks on his record on the other. The two sides resolve as the 30-second spot ends, though the two sides of Kean’s face remain slightly mismatched.

It’s not immediately clear when and for how long the ad will run, and the DCCC did not say how much money it was putting behind the buy.

Script: “Tom Kean, Jr’s got one thing right. ‘We need a congressman who works for all of us.’ ‘All of us.’ But Kean only works for the corporate special interests. Kean opposed a plan to lower our health insurance rates, supported a lawsuit that would gut coverage for preexisting conditions and Kean opposed a bill lowering drug prices. We need a Member of Congress who will look out for us, but Tom Kean, Jr. just can’t deliver.”

Malinowski was elected in 2018, winning Rep. Leonard Lance’s (R-Clinton) seat in a wave election that saw Democrats retake the House.

Republicans had held the seat since 1981.

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