Republican congressional candidate Matthew A. Doheny has released a response to an attack ad running in the 21st Congressional District sponsored by a GOP super PAC connected with former White House official and political consultant Karl Rove.
Mr. Doheny’s response, titled “The Truth,” is a 31 second ad. It appeared on YouTube today and focuses on driving home a message Mr. Doheny’s campaign has been spreading for weeks: his opponent Elise M. Stefanik is not of the north country.
The response comes in the wake of the release of “Mistakes,” an ad created by American Crossroads, a super PAC cofounded by Mr. Rove and Virginia Senatorial candidate Ed Gillespie.
The “Mistakes” ad outlines several reasons why Mr. Doheny is “unfit for Congress,” according to documents filed with cable and broadcast media outlets in the district. The ad began running on Tuesday at a total buy of $242,000.
“Elise’s real home is in DC — where she hosts politicians and lobbyists who control her,” Mr. Doheny’s ad alleges.
Ms. Stefanik is a Harvard graduate and worked in the George W. Bush White House from 2006-2009. She now works for her family’s Albany County-based plywood distribution business and lives in Willsboro, a town within the 21st Congressional District.
Though Ms. Stefanik’s time in the White House overlapped with Mr. Rove’s (he left in 2007), her campaign has referred all questions about the ad to American Crossroads. Legally, candidates are not allowed to coordinate with super PACS.
The ad will begin airing Saturday on cable and broadcast TV in the district, according to David M. Catalfamo, a spokesman for Mr. Doheny.
The ad brought a sharp reaction from Ms. Stefanik’s campaign.
“This is just another example of how Matt Doheny is running a negative campaign attacking an accomplished female candidate like Elise,” said Charlotte Guyett, campaign press secretary, in an email. “Since day one Elise has and will continue to run a positive campaign focused on the issues that matter most to voters in the 21st District.”
Mr. Doheny and Ms. Stefanik will face each other in a June 24 primary election. Mr. Doheny has been endorsed by the state Independence Party and Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the state Conservative Party. Regardless of what happens in the primary, both candidates will be on their respective minor party lines in the general election in November.
They will face Democratic candidate Aaron G. Woolf and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello.