With less than two months to go before the general election, three outside groups are stepping up their presence in the race for the 22nd congressional district.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the House Majority PAC unveiled television ads now airing in the Syracuse and Utica markets.
Two of the ads target the candidates in the race, Democrat Francis Conole and Republican Brandon Williams. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC allied with House Republicans, has criticized Conole’s support of a 2021 COVID-19 relief bill.
A spokesman for the Congressional Leadership Fund confirmed the ad is part of the $1.7 million ad reservation made by the Super PAC in the 22nd District, which covers all of Onondaga, Madison and Oneida counties and a portion of Oswego County includes.
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s first TV ad in NY-22 pivots on Williams’ stance on abortion. Following the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, Williams has reiterated his anti-abortion position.
The message of the ad is similar to that of Conole’s first general election commercial. This ad attempted to raise abortion as a top issue in the 22nd Precinct race.
According to the DCCC, the ad “is part of the committee’s previously announced announcements in key battlefield districts.” National Democrats have identified NY-22 as a top target.
House Majority PAC, which is aligned with the House Democrats, released a 15-second digital ad highlighting Conole’s background and announcing his pledge to “devote attention to the special interests of corporations, rather than price gouging, so families can thrive.”
Conole graduated from the US Naval Academy and is a veteran of the Iraq War. He served as a defense policy adviser at the Pentagon.
The ads show how both parties view the race in the 22nd Precinct. The Democrats see this as an opportunity after the former districts of Syracuse and Utica were represented by Republicans. The GOP hopes to keep the seat in Republican hands — part of the party’s bid to regain control of the House of Representatives.
Political reporter Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.