Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FIRST WATCH: New RGA $608,000 Ad Slams DuVal On Obamacare, Driver's Licenses For DACA Immigrants (FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS)

The Republican Governor's Association (RGA) today released its newest "slick lobbyist" ad aimed at Democratic gubernatorial nominee Fred DuVal, and is buying $608,000 in air time to run it during the coming week.

The ad, titled "Slick", starts to segue from the lobbyist label to attacking DuVal for positions he has taken in recent debates with GOP nominee (and State Treasurer) Doug Ducey.  It hammers him for supporting Obamacare and for "giving driver's licenses and lower in-state tuition to illegal immigrants".

The latter reference is to a discussion about whether young adult immigrants currently here legally under the DACA ("Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", commonly known as "DREAMers) program should be denied driver's licenses in Arizona.  In prior years, there had been discussions about whether anyone here illegally should be prohibited from obtaining a driver's license; the ad intentionally blurs that line.

The new ad starts running today, and the RGA has $608,000 in air time purchased in the Tucson and Phoenix markets for the next week. The RGA has now spent more than $2.2M in TV advertising alone.

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