A Democratic Senate candidate challenging Iowa Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDemocrat Mike Franken launches challenge to Grassley in Iowa Trump heads to Iowa as 2024 chatter grows Photos of the Week: Manchin, California oil spill and a podium dog MORE (R) for her seat on Thursday released a new campaign ad showing Ernst shooting at the challenger with a handgun.
In the ad, Eddie Mauro, the Democratic candidate, is walking through an Iowa field as bullets whiz by him, hitting fences and trees in an Iowa field. The ad uses footage from Ernst’s own 2014 campaign, in which she shoots a handgun at a shooting range while “taking aim” at “wasteful government spending” and the Affordable Care Act.
“One of the reasons I’m running [for Senate]?” Mauro asks in the ad as a bullet hits a fence behind him, “Because our current senator, Joni Ernst, she thinks it’s okay to run ads glorifying guns. She doesn’t seem to care that many of those guns will be pointed at our kids, our teachers, churchgoers, moviegoers, concertgoers, our police officers."
“While she’s afraid to stand up to the NRA, or common sense gun laws, I’m ready to stand up for Iowa and keep our schools, our communities, our kids safe,” he continues.
I'm running for the Senate because it's time to stand up to the #NRA, Joni Ernst and the D.C. establishment. They can come after me, but trust me - I won't back down. If you want me to get this up on air, chip in a few bucks ➡️ https://t.co/rcrAX53mNU #MauroForTomorrow pic.twitter.com/fnhmPZ5sQQ— Eddie J. Mauro for U.S. Senate ⚾ (@eddiejmauro) December 5, 2019
Mauro calls Ernst’s term a “nonstop assault on Iowans’ rights” in the ad and calls President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE her “boss in the White House.”
“On the right to affordable health care, on a woman’s right to choose, on workers’ rights and farmers’ rights,” Mauro continues, punctuating each item with the sound of a gunshot.
“I won’t accept the status quo. Joni Ernst, Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP blocks Senate Democrats' revised elections bill A politicized Supreme Court? That was the point The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Democrats optimistic after Biden meetings MORE, Donald Trump and the NRA — you won’t like what I have to say,” Mauro continues, as a bullet hits a tree branch in the Iowa field.
Ernst's campaign responded to the ad Thursday, tweeting "It’s outrageous and offensive that
@eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign. He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately."
It’s outrageous and offensive that @eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign. He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately. #IASen #IAPolitics https://t.co/yPXj4tHEON— Team Joni (@TeamJoni) December 5, 2019
It’s not the first time other candidates have mocked Ernst’s 2014 campaign ad. Businessman Mark Jacobs (R), who ran against Ernst in the 2014 Republican primary for the senate seat, released an ad at the time accusing Ernst of “firing blanks.”
Ernst easily won her Senate seat by more than 8 points in 2014.