Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote MORE (R-Va.) isn't taking any chances in his bid for reelection, airing a television ad this week that accuses his Republican primary opponent of being a “liberal” who advised Sen. Tim KaineTim KaineWashington-area lawmakers request GAO report on DC Metro Kaine discusses refugee crisis with Pope Francis during Vatican visit A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (D-Va.).
Hitting back at Brat, Cantor on Wednesday released an ad highlighting the fact that Brat served on Kaine’s council of economic advisers when he was governor at a time when he pushing for higher taxes.
“Liberal college professor? Time Kaine adviser? Republican?” the narrator in the ad says. “Come on, professor. You’ve got to be kidding.”
Brat responded with a statement calling the ad a “bold-faced lie.” He said that while he did serve on the advisory council, he did not advocate for higher taxes or provide policy advice to Kaine.
Cantor has banked more than $2 million for the race compared to Brat's less than $90,000. But with approval ratings for Congress near an all-time low, Cantor is taking the challenge seriously ahead of the commonwealth's June 10 primary.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving Boehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' MORE (R-Ohio) is facing several primary challengers in his home district and has spent money on a television ad for the first time in years, although his spot has a positive tone.