GOP leadership super PAC hits Montana Dem in new ad

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with House Republican leadership, is out with a final ad ahead of a special election next week in Montana that frames Democrat Rob Quist as an untrustworthy front for out-of-state Democrats.

The negative spot targeting Quist brings up the the folk musician's history of personal debt while putting his picture next to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), arguing that he will vote down the party line if elected.

“From day one, CLF set out to define Rob Quist for who he really is — an untrustworthy and dishonest liberal with a guitar. The issue is not Quist going through tough times, but his irresponsible and dishonest response to those circumstances,” Corry Bliss, the group's executive director, said in a statement announcing the ad.

“Montanans know actions speak louder than words. Despite his song lyrics, Quist has proved he would stand with Nancy Pelosi’s failed liberal agenda, not with Montanans.”

The ad is part of CLF's significant investment in the state — the super PAC has spent $2.5 million on advertising and a field program to help shore up Republican efforts in the traditionally red seat.

Money has poured into the state as both sides try to use the race to set the national narrative. 

Quist is running against Greg Gianforte, a businessman who lost the 2016 gubernatorial race in the state. The seat opened after President Trump picked then-Rep. Ryan Zinke for secretary of the Interior.

Democrats would likely seize on a win in the red state as proof that Trump's unpopularity will help them regain the House in the 2018 midterm elections.

Republicans have held the seat for decades, but there are signs as the May 25 vote approaches that the race is tightening.