GOP super PAC pours $700K into Montana special election

GOP super PAC pours $700K into Montana special election
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The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a super PAC aligned with the House GOP leadership, unveiled a $700,000 ad campaign attacking the newly minted Democratic nominee in Montana’s special election.

The ad knocks musician Rob Quist, the Democratic nominee running for now-Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke’s former House seat, for being “out of tune” and “too liberal” for Montana. The Republican ads also criticize the Montana Democrat for supporting military budget cuts and higher taxes.

Starting on Monday, the spot will run on cable and broadcast in the state, as well as on digital platforms.

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“Higher taxes, more spending, and doubling-down on government-run health care, Rob Quist is singing the same old liberal playbook,” CLF executive director Corry Bliss said.

“Democrats have lined up behind a candidate they know nothing about and we look forward to exposing Quist's baggage over the next several weeks.”

Quist was selected to become Democrats’ standard-bearer on Sunday at the party’s nominating convention. He now faces an uphill battle in the general election, since the electorate for Montana's lone congressional seat historically favors Republicans.

CLF says it had two ads prepared prior to the convention to target either of the top two Democratic candidates, Quist or state Rep. Amanda Curtis.

Republicans will select their nominee at a Monday night convention. The special election is scheduled for May 25.

This isn’t the first time CLF has invested in an upcoming special election.

The group also launched a $1.1 million TV and digital ad campaign against Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia special election to replace Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price.

The April “jungle primary” has received outsized attention from Republicans and Democrats alike. Since President Trump only won the Atlanta suburban district by 1 point, Democrats feel emboldened that they can mobilize anti-Trump backlash and make a play for the traditionally Republican seat.