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Gay Congressional Candidate Sean Eldridge Hit With Attack Ad: VIDEO


Sean Eldridge, husband to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who in February filed papers to run for Congress in New York's 19th congressional district against Republican incumbent Chris Gibson, has come under attack in a new online ad released by the National Republican Campaign Committee. The online ad, which reportedly cost "several hundred dollars to post," targets Eldridge as a rich, out of touch carpetbagging elite who doesn't understand the needs of hard-working New Yorkers, Capitol Confidential reports:

“'Sean Eldridge knows the world of big-money politics, spending $250,000 to get his candidate elected to the New York State Senate,' a narrator says [in the ad], referencing Eldridge’s support for Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg.

The ad closes with a photo of Gibson, noting how he’s 'earned' his service and touting his four overseas combat tours as an Army commander and his receipt of a Purple Heart medal."

The attack ad comes on the heels of a profile by The New York Times of Eldridge and Hughes entitled, "Young, Rich and Relocating Yet Again in Hunt for Political Office." That article elicited delight from Republicans who believe the profile only furthers the narrative about Eldridge they're trying to make stick.

While Eldridge has yet to be officially endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, DCCC spokesperson Emily Bittner came to Eldridge's defense:

“While a lot of people talk about the needs to create jobs, Sean Eldridge has actually been doing it, investing in small businesses throughout the Hudson Valley and helping them to expand and create jobs. Sean also has a strong record promoting environmental protection and civil rights throughout New York. While some folks work tirelessly to protect tax breaks for billionaires and corporate special interests, Sean has been working to grow small businesses and fight for middle class families.”

Check out the attack ad AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Well, the GOP as usual is being amazingly hyprocritical but honestly they are kind of right about Eldridge. Its pretty obvious he and his husband are district hunting and I imagine they spend most of their time in their SoHo loft. Maybe Eldridge should start small, like State Legistature or mayorship or something. Running for the House at age 26 using your spouse's huge treasure chest isn't exactly going to endear you to Mom and Pa Kettle.

    Posted by: KT84 | Jul 15, 2013 6:20:31 PM

  2. Well, if he's gonna run for congress, he's gonna get called names.

    Posted by: Tophier Verdugo | Jul 15, 2013 6:22:14 PM

  3. Interesting that they use a completely out of date broadcast television to frame their narrative.

    Posted by: stranded | Jul 15, 2013 6:34:11 PM

  4. The NRCC might not want to throw stones, considering in Arizona there are several Republicans "district shopping" for the 2014 Congressional races. Also consider, there is no Constitutional requirement for someone to actually live in the Congressional District they might represent.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jul 15, 2013 6:38:42 PM

  5. Interesting that they talk about 'buying a congressional seat' while some of their own are basically doing the same, their gerrymandering, and Romney trying to buy the POTUS position...

    Posted by: MikeKV | Jul 15, 2013 6:46:34 PM

  6. Speaking of Carpet Baggers:

    (From Wiki)
    Prescott Bush, (~~The Nazi War Profiteer) who was elected to the Senate from Connecticut in 1952.

    In 1945 (GHW) Bush married Barbara Pierce of Rye, N.Y., daughter of a magazine publisher. With his bride, Bush moved to Texas instead of entering his father's investment banking business. The family helped the young patrician become established in his early business ventures, a rich uncle raising most of the capital required for founding the oil company. In the 1960s, (GHW) Bush won two contests for a Texas Republican seat in the House of Representatives, but lost two bids for a Senate seat. [...]

    Son George (W.) served as governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000, when he was elected the 43rd U.S. president.

    Jeb Bush was elected governor of Florida in 1998.

    And, to be fair, Bill, Governor of Arkansas and hillary, Seantor from New York, don't paint any prettier a picture. Carpetbaggers come in red and Blue.


    Politics, the act of accusing, and making people believe, that the other party is more guilty for doing exactly the same things your party does...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jul 15, 2013 6:51:02 PM

  7. Boy, sure wish Andy's comment system allowed corrections and/or deletions...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jul 15, 2013 6:52:36 PM

  8. There's an attack ad against someone running for office? Next thing you know, a dog will bite a man!

    Posted by: MikeSJ | Jul 15, 2013 7:55:16 PM

  9. Is what the "Attack" Ad says true or false?

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 15, 2013 8:42:40 PM

  10. isn't the gop just a little hypocritical about the rich and politics and buying influence? what would they call the cock brothers? or mitt romney, or jon huntsman or many others.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 15, 2013 10:50:54 PM

  11. If he can't take the heat, he should get out of the kitchen. He knew he would be "attacked" for district shopping. Unless the ad is false, who cares. If it was okay for an ad claiming that Romney let an employee's wife die of cancer, then this ad is tame.

    Posted by: Sean | Jul 16, 2013 10:41:32 AM

  12. Our politicians are not "Knights in Shining Armor" & never were. America is in a power struggle. Both sides will do whatever it takes to win.
    I hope our side wins. That is all.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jul 16, 2013 11:22:44 AM

  13. Republicans are trying to call out someone for buying seats in congress.....? seriously?

    Posted by: reality | Jul 16, 2013 11:30:03 AM

  14. Can't possibly work if they show any pictures of Sean, he is too hot to not vote for him.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 16, 2013 12:10:42 PM

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