A new ad released Wednesday blisters Democrat Aftab Pureval for his support of repealing the Trump tax cuts and what that would mean for middle-class Ohio families.
The message is a simple one – Pureval “would take us backward” to the lackluster economic times of former President Barack Obama.
The ad compares the two candidates running for Ohio’s first congressional district seat on economic issues. Pureval is gunning for the seat held by 11-term incumbent Steve Chabot (D-OH-1).
One candidate, Chabot, voted for President Trump’s historic tax cuts, which have been widely credited with spurring economic growth in Ohio and nationwide, the ad states. The other, Pureval, has described the tax cuts as part of a “rigged” economy that favors the ultra-wealthy and wants to join Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to repeal them.
The ad will run on television in the Cincinnati media market and on digital platforms throughout the district.
Watch the ad below:
The average Ohio household has seen an additional $2,500 put back into their paychecks as a result of the Republican tax-cuts. And that doesn’t even count the fact that many companies have given raises for the first time in years thanks to the new, lower corporate tax rate.
The ad, paid for by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC endorsed by the House GOP leadership, will air under the title “$2,500.”
The national Democratic Party targeted Ohio’s first congressional district early on as one that could be flipped from red to blue. Pureval, 35, had just been elected to his first political office a year earlier, in November 2016, as clerk of courts for Hamilton County. But his youthful energy and smooth-talking style were seen as attractive going against the veteran incumbent Chabot.
Pureval has been endorsed by Obama and considers the former president to be his political idol, keeping his endorsement pinned to the top of his Twitter page.
President Obama inspired me to get involved in public service. It is surreal and incredible to have his endorsement. As he told us, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Change starts with us. And in 100 days, we’re going to make it happen here. #FiredUp #ReadyToGo https://t.co/ooTofsqZXI
— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) August 1, 2018
How well the Obama endorsement plays in such a heavily Republican congressional district will be telling.
One of the factors running in Chabot’s favor is a gaffe made by Pureval himself.
Pureval ran into legal troubles earlier this year related to his dual campaign accounts, one for his local clerk of courts race and the other for his congressional race. He started testing the waters for a congressional run just months after his election to the local office in Hamilton County. His mother donated $30,000 to his local race, and a complaint filed with the Ohio Elections Commission alleges he used that money to purchase polling, photography and other services for his congressional run.
A hearing before the Ohio Elections Commission has been scheduled for Nov. 1. If it turns out he did use funds from his local campaign account to pay for services rendered to his congressional campaign, Pureval could face a fine or even jail time.
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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.