MoveOn targets vulnerable GOP senators with ad campaign following impeachment

MoveOn targets vulnerable GOP senators with ad campaign following impeachment
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Progressive advocacy group MoveOn announced Wednesday it would launch an advertising campaign against three vulnerable GOP senators who voted to acquit President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE in the Senate’s impeachment trial.

The messages targeting Sens. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyTrump nominee's long road to Fed may be dead end McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol McSally's final floor speech: 'I gave it my all, and I left it all on the field' MORE (Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory GardnerHillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure MORE (Colo.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTwo more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism The Memo: Trump election loss roils right MORE (Maine) are the opening salvo of the “Vote Them Out” ad campaign that MoveOn says it will continue through the November elections.

“Republican Senators may have failed to do their job, but voters won’t fail to do ours. We have one message for Donald Trump and the Senate Republicans who time and time again have helped cover up his abuses: We will see you at the ballot box,” said MoveOn Political Action Executive Director Rahna Epting. 


The ads accuse the senators of being “complicit” in Trump’s “crimes” and call their acquittal votes “disgraceful.”

“Martha McSally is complicit in Trump’s crimes. She just voted to let Trump violate the Constitution. She ignored her solemn oath to uphold the law and gave Trump the green light to keep undermining the integrity of our elections,” a narrator reads in the ad targeting McSally. “Martha McSally didn’t do her job, but we are ready to do ours. Vote her out.” 


The advertisements will run on digital platforms as well as broadcast markets in Phoenix, Denver and Portland, Ore. 

The announcement of the ad campaign came almost immediately after the Senate voted to acquit Trump on impeachment articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate voted nearly along party lines on the first article, with only Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump Biden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Paul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' MORE (R-Utah) breaking ranks, and entirely along party lines for the second charge.

Democrats had accused Trump of abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals and obstructing Congress by hindering subsequent probes into his conduct, but Republicans maintained his conduct did not rise to the level of impeachment. 

“This was not a trial, it was a cover-up. Republicans in Congress are knowing and willing accomplices in Donald Trump’s efforts to solicit foreign interference in our elections,” Epting said. “Trump is corrupt, and Republican Senators are complicit in his corruption. We will mobilize to vote them out, and that starts with this ad campaign and grassroots accountability work.” 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates all three of the Senate races as toss ups.