GOP House super PAC targets two freshman Dems with new ads

The super PAC aligned with House Republican leadership is targeting two first-term Democratic congressmen in a new pair of ads tying them to the so-called Green New Deal.

The pair of digital ads from Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) signal that Republicans are eager to hinge their 2020 effort to recapture control of the House on the sweeping environmental and infrastructure overhaul proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez blasts Electoral College as a 'scam' Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears Scaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' MORE (D-N.Y.).

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One ad going after Rep. Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoMueller report fades from political conversation Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress The 11 House Dems from Trump districts who support assault weapons ban MORE (D-N.Y.) warns of “less freedom” and “higher taxes” under the Green New Deal, while pairing together Delgado and Ocasio-Cortez.

“Antonio Delgado and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have begun their radical Green New Deal assault on the American economy,” a narrator says in the ad.

In another spot hitting Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas), the super PAC accuses him of supporting a carbon tax and also seeks to tie him to Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman representative and self-described democratic socialist.

“His carbon tax and her Green New Deal means skyrocketing prices, higher taxes for Texas families,” a narrator says.

To be sure, neither Delgado nor Allred has signed onto a Green New Deal resolution laying out the goals of the program that was introduced last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Overnight Energy: Trump sparks new fight over endangered species protections | States sue over repeal of Obama power plant rules | Interior changes rules for ethics watchdogs To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies MORE (D-Mass.).

Delgado backed the idea of a Green New Deal on the campaign trail last year, but hasn’t yet come out in support of the legislation.

Likewise, Allred said at a town hall over the weekend that he supports “some of the goals of the Green New Deal,” but that the specifics of the proposal still needed to be addressed.

The resolution introduced last week calls for cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to net zero over 10 years, shifting 100 percent of America’s energy supply to renewable sources and guaranteeing jobs for all.

The ads mark an early effort by CLF and Republicans to win back two House districts that flipped from GOP control in the 2018 midterm elections.

Allred, a former professor football player, beat out former Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsHillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — Lawmaker sees political payback in fight over 'deepfakes' measure | Tech giants to testify at hearing on 'censorship' claims | Google pulls the plug on AI council Lawmaker alleges political payback in failed 'deepfakes' measure As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges MORE (R-Texas) in November, while Delgado, an attorney, defeated former Rep. John FasoJohn James FasoThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority GOP House super PAC targets two freshman Dems with new ads Tax law failed to save GOP majority MORE (R-N.Y.) in his Hudson Valley district.

--Updated on Feb. 12 at 10:53 a.m.