ALBANY—Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has launched her second television ad in her quest to replace John McHugh in Congress.
It’s the second spot from the Republican from Gouverneur, and unlike her first, it is not a completely positive endeavor. It’s a classic “contrast” spot.
The ad questions Democrat Bill Owens’ claim that he created 2,000 jobs in the district, saying the Watertown Daily Times caught him “red-handed.” It also claims he would raise income taxes “and even the death tax.”
The ad then cites the taxpayer protection pledge, which Scozzafava took last week when she received the endorsement of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. She had previously refused to do so.
Already, Democrats are attacking Scozzafava as a flip-flopper. This will probably play into that line.
It’s unclear how long the ad will run or in how many markets in the district. Scozzafava’s campaign has had some trouble raising money, which has kept her air presence smaller than some of her opponents.