Hagan radio ad goes after Tillis

Posted April 17, 2014

— U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election campaign is attacking House Speaker Thom Tillis with a new radio ad.

The 60-second spot is divided between two 30-second portions, one which focuses on the Affordable Care Act and the other that focuses on a sex scandal in Tillis' office from 2012. 

Hagan, a Democrat, is running for re-election and will face the winner of this spring's Republican primary. Tillis is the front-runner in that primary field, although it's far from clear that he will reach the 40 percent of the vote he will need to avoid a summer runoff against one of his chief rivals: Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary and Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte. Clean up still Hagan radio ads 041714

One part of the ad attacks Tillis over a scandal that involved two staffers in his office who had affairs with lobbyists. Outside spender Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC that aids Democrats, used the same issue in a recent television advertisement

"Instead of firing them, Tillis arranged for golden parachutes, paid for by taxpayers, worth over $19,000," says a female narrator. "Our tax dollars, bailing out the indiscretions of Thom Tillis' staff. Those may be values, but they're not North Carolina's." 

The other section of the ad focuses on Tillis' position on the Affordable Care Act, what some people call "Obamacare."

Tillis has been critical of Hagan's support for the law, as have Republican-allied outside spending groups that have spent more than $10 million on ads attacking Hagan.

The ad turns that thread on its head, saying Tillis "wants it both ways" on the Affordable Care Act. 

The ad uses a recent radio clip of Tillis saying of the ACA, "It's a great idea."

The full quote was, "It's a great idea that can't be paid for," and Tillis has been consistent in saying that he would vote to replace the law. Hagan's line of attack is one that has been used by Brannon and FreedomWorks, an outside spending group that favors him over Tillis. 

Hagan's campaign did not specify the size of the radio buy, simply calling it "significant." 

For his part, Tillis' campaign brushed off the criticism, saying it's a sign that Hagan and Democrats are worried by his candidacy and are trying to help a lesser opponent rise in the polls. 

"Yesterday, (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid hit the panic button, and today Kay Hagan is joining her far-left cronies in an attempt to meddle in the Republican primary," said Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw. "Reid and Hagan know they cannot win against Thom Tillis in November, but North Carolina conservatives won’t be fooled by misleading attack ads by D.C. liberals."


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  • Danny22 Apr 21, 2014

    Hagan is nothing more than a Obama rubber stamp.

  • Danny22 Apr 21, 2014

    Hagan has NOTHING to go after anybody with. She has been a miserable failure at representing NC. I will be glad when she comes home and we can get somebody who will represent us.

  • Larry Lynch Apr 19, 2014
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    SO YOU'RE beginning to think wral is owned by the dermocrats huh? I think that is obvious....

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 18, 2014
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    Kay needs to quit wasting money on Tillis.

    Greg Brannon said to Glenn Beck last week:

    We are pulling back the veil and showing who the wizard is and they are getting exposed,” Brannon said of Tillis, whose conservatism he questioned at multiple points. “We are going to win this without a runoff. There’s no doubt in my mind. The wave is coming.”So Kay will be facing Greg Brannon and not Thom Tillis. She needs to save her money so that she will be able to make a decent showing against Brannon.

    Brannon will win of course because "he knows the Constitution." I think "knowing the Constitution" means elect me and I will not compromise on anything. I will sit in the corner and shout slogans at the real Senators who are working at governing the country.

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 18, 2014
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    The Republicans blew it once more. The GOP had Kay Hagan in their sights. However, they are running marginal candidates at best. Tillis the best but he easy to attack. The preacher has no platform other than gay marriage and the doctor turned stockbroker has a jury verdict hanging over his head.

    Plus the fact that Kay has $8.3 million.

    Hate to admit it but it is probably best that Kay returns to the US Senate. They already have enough clowns up there and we do not need to add to the carnival.

  • Apr 17, 2014

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    You know this how?

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    How would you know?

  • Timothy Watson Apr 17, 2014
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    Tillis is nothing more than a puppet for the Koch Brothers. I don`t trust him and neither should any of you. Voted time and time again to help those wealthy people and people with racist ideas. A vote for him would take us (NC) back to the 1800`s.

  • Joseph Shepard Apr 17, 2014
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    Have to wonder just who (whom?) is funding all this publicity supporting Hagan???

  • John Ragan Apr 17, 2014
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    Kay Hagan voted with Harry Reid 87% of the time and Diane Finestein 91% of the time. That's not good for NC