WASHINGTON -- The conservative Club for Growth on Thursday got an early start on the 2014 election when it launched an ad targeting Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).
The six-figure ad buy follows the same playbook Republicans used in the last two elections: link targets to President Barack Obama and make them defend their vote for the Affordable Care Act.
"He's the only Arkansan in Congress today who voted for Obamacare," the ad's narrator says. "The only one who voted for the Obama stimulus. He joined Obama to bail out the Wall Street banks. Who is he? Mark Pryor."
The ad doesn't mention that Pryor is the only member of the Arkansas congressional delegation who was elected before 2010 and was therefore the only one around to cast votes on all of the listed issues. The ad also ignores the fact that the bank bailout was passed during the administration of President George W. Bush.
"Mark Pryor’s liberal record is out of touch with Arkansans, and it’s time to hold him accountable,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement. “Mark Pryor stood with Obama on ObamaCare, the failed stimulus, and bailing out the Wall Street banks. While Arkansans have had to balance their checkbooks, Mark Pryor has joined with the liberals in Washington to recklessly spend our tax dollars on the Obama agenda."
Arkansas has swung mightily toward Republicans in recent years. In the past two elections, Republicans defeated Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) and took over three of the state's four congressional seats from Democrats, leaving Pryor as the only Democratic member of the state's congressional delegation.
Pryor is a two-term senator who was first elected in 2002. In his last election, he faced no opposition from Republicans and cruised to an easy victory. The Club for Growth's ad buy suggests that will not be the case in 2014.