Texas House race debuts dueling energy ads

The spot will air in the El Paso, Odessa and San Antonio markets Wednesday through Nov. 2 in staggered periods, Trey Pollard, a Sierra Club spokesman, told The Hill. He did not release financial details for the advertisement, citing Sierra Club policy.

The Canseco campaign said, “the accusations in the ad are false,” saying his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Pete GallegoPete Pena GallegoER doctor chosen to lead Hispanic Caucus 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch GOP candidate scores upset win in Texas state Senate runoff MORE, would be indebted to environmental groups if elected.

"For the tens of thousands of Texans whose jobs are directly and indirectly linked to the energy industry, the truth about Pete Gallego is that the only people he'll stand up for if he gets elected are the radical environmentalists pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into his campaign,” Scott Yeldell, the Canseco campaign manager, told The Hill in an email.

The Canseco campaign released a broadcast TV advertisement Tuesday that says Gallego’s policies would harm the energy industry and the Texas economy. The campaign spent more than $400,000 on the spot, which will run in the Midland and San Antonio markets through Nov. 6, Arnold said.

The Hill rates the race as a “toss-up.”