Cantor-linked group bringing ads to NC Congressional races

Posted August 28, 2012

— Republican David Rouzer will be getting some extra help next week in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre in North Carolina's 7th Congressional District.

Both Rouzer and McIntyre have benefited from ads aired by national Republican and Democratic Congressional campaign groups. 

But now an independent political spending group linked to U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will be spending at least $480,000 in the 7th District, according to reports on file with the Federal Communications Commission. Those ads are scheduled to start running on Monday. 

The Young Guns Action Fund, a super PAC, is buying air time in North Carolina. "Young Guns" is a political brand associated with Cantor which backs lawmakers and candidates under 50 who are generally known as fiscal conservatives. Although the congressman isn't allowed to directly control the group, it is headed by former Cantor staffers. 

"Mike McIntyre pretends to be a conservative in North Carolina, but in Washington he's a liberal who Barack Obama called 'outstanding,' one who voted for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker four different times, which led to Obamacare for North Carolina," said Brad Dayspring, a senior adviser to the group. 

Young Guns will also back Richard Hudson in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell (D - NC, 8th District). Like McIntyre, Kissell is a relatively conservative Democrat trying to defend a district that has become much more friendly to Republicans after state lawmakers redrew the state's political map last year. 

McIntyre's campaign is well-funded. He reported having $1.1 million on hand as of July 1 and has been on the air with his own, mainly positive ads. 

Rouzer, by comparison, reported $171,608 cash on hand at the mid-way point of the year after a contentious primary. While he'll almost certainly raise more going into the fall, ads by outside groups like Young Guns will mean he doesn't have to raise as much.

According to FCC documents, Young Guns bought ads through September. Asked if the group would continue its buy through October, Dayspring said Young Guns will continue monitoring the race and "remain actively engaged."

The ad hasn't been released yet, but Dayspring said that it would both boost Rouzer and take some shots at McItnyre.

"(T)here are two Mike McIntyres, phony Mike in North Carolina and real liberal Mike in Washington," Dayspring wrote in an email. "North Carolinians deserve to have as much information as possible."

McIntyre Campaign Manager Lachlan McIntosh dismissed the pending attack, saying outside groups like Young Guns often distort a candidate's record.  

"These outside special interest groups want to defeat Mike McIntyre because he always puts the interests of eastern North Carolina first. David Rouzer is a former lobbyist who will do what he's told by the Washington, D.C., insiders," McIntosh said. "There is only one Mike McIntyre. He is an independent voice who puts the concerns of the people back home over the special interest groups."


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  • golfman60 Aug 29, 2012

    Though this is a violation of your posting guidelines, (and I’ve seen much worse offenses posted) I don't understand why two hours ago, y'all had 9 comments and now have 8. I've seen several complaints about WRAL's screening and always given you folks the benefit of the doubt. Never had it happen to me, though.
    Why did you drop one comment and fail to post my previous post? What's up with that? All the previous posts seemed innocent enough to me, as did mine.

  • davidgnews Aug 29, 2012

    This is just business as usual. I even saw AFP (Art Pope) ads running in Virginia last week. You have your 'cause,' you have your money, so you feed the media machine and hope it lines up the grapes.

  • newlifetupper Aug 29, 2012

    Why don't we whine. How many democrats have done the same or WORSE. It is only when it is someone other than a DEMOCRAT that does something that it is whined about. How about mr Biden and his "chains" remark. If that had been anyone other than a democrat the media would have been all over them. RMGRANDMA

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Aug 29, 2012

    "There is only one Mike McIntyre. He is an independent voice who puts the concerns of the people back home over the special interest groups........All one has to do to make an informed decision about McIntyre is to research his voting record on the issues over the years. Most politicians count on folks not doing that. You can't always look to the ads for the truth,so after looking for myself.....I believe Mike McIntyre is one of them that would prefer you didn't look.

  • disgusted2010 Aug 28, 2012

    Just what we need, another elected leader bought and paid for by the National Republican Party. Do you really think that this person's loyalties will be with the citizens of the district or the man/group that bought the election for him.

  • cashworth1984 Aug 28, 2012

    As a Republican and personal friend of Mike's I know his character. He is a God fearing Chrisitan and a proud North Carolinian. He is a man of good character and built his law practice from the ground up. He is good for the US and he is good for North Carolina.

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 28, 2012

    Good for the "Young Guns"!!

  • ckblackm Aug 28, 2012

    The "best" government money can buy!

  • davidgnews Aug 28, 2012

    Cantor is yet one more tea party nutcase.

    McIntyre has been a good, reliable moderate rep. I've not heard any mention that he's ever been unethical or in trouble.

    We need more moderation in congress with real problem solvers, but extremes like Cantor only want extremes anyway. Unfortunately, so do Reid and Pelosi. The status quo of extremes in congress all need to be gone.