A Democratic group with close ties to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to spend more than $1 million on ads to begin airing this week aimed at bolstering a handful of vulnerable House Democrats as the impeachment probe unfolds.
The ads from House Majority Forward, examples of which were reviewed by the Washington Post, do not mention the word "impeachment." Instead, they focus solely on the accomplishments of the 11 individual lawmakers targeted in the campaign.
"For Antonio Delgado, serving in Congress is all about serving country and community — not fighting on Twitter or shouting on cable news," says one ad set to run in the Albany, N.Y., market, touting prescription drug, ethics and agriculture bills that passed the House with the support of the freshman congressman.
The campaign represents the first tranche of TV ads to be aired by a group with close ties to the party establishment. House Majority Forward is an affiliate of House Majority PAC, the largest Democratic super PAC focused solely on House races. The focus on non-impeachment issues is further evidence that Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are aiming to sell a "walk and chew gum" image for the party — that they can investigate and possibly impeach President Donald Trump while also working to make progress on jobs, health care and other concerns.
Other Democrats included in the campaign are Reps. Cindy Axne of Iowa, Angie Craig of Minnesota, Matthew Cartwright of Pennsylvania, Haley Stevens of Michigan, Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, Susie Lee of Nevada, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Chris Pappas of New Hampshire, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia. All except Cartwright are freshmen.