(UPDATED 2X) Republicans pulled attack ad
Two Capital Region television stations are planning to stop airing an ad from the National Republican Campaign Committee that attacks Democratic congressional candidate Julian Schreibman, according to his campaign.
WXXA, the Fox affiliate, and WNYT, the NBC affiliate, will stop airing the ad as soon as possible, which the Schreibman campaign said speaks volume's to the inaccuracy of the ad in question.
The ad attacks Schreibman for his time as a defense attorney, specifically in the case of Mark Holzwanger. The Schreibman campaign notes that the ad falsely identifies its sources and makes false claims.
Schreibman’s campaign manager, Jonathan Levy, said in a statement, “This is a desperate attack by the faltering campaign of Congressman Gibson and his Washington pals. Congressman Gibson claims to be a reasonable voice while letting his Washington allies do his dirty work."
Below are the key points highlighted by the Schreibman campaign, in the campaign's own words:
UPDATED 6:33 p.m. A spokesman for the NRCC says the Schreibman campaign's claim that the two local stations pulled the ad is factually inaccurate.
"We voluntarily and proactively asked that the stations change the ad with an ad that had previously been running," said Nate Sillin of the NRCC
He added that the NRCC will continue to expose the unsavory characters that Schreibman got rich defending.
As to why the NRCC chose to pull the ad, Sillin declined to provide any further elaboration and pointed to his previous comments.
UPDATE 2X, 7:33 p.m. Schreibman campaign manager Jonathan Levy acknowledged that the RNCC pulled its "factually inaccurate" attack ad, but stressed that they did so to beat the local stations to the punch.
Schreiman campaign attorneys had previously highlighted the discrepancies in the aid in a letter sent to the television station managers. Those stations, he said, then approached the NRCC.
"They brought this down because it was riddled with mistruths," he said of the NRCC decision to pull the ad.
As to the contradiction in the Schreibman campaign's afternoon release, which had a headline of, "Two TV Stations Refuse To Air It," and the later acknowledgement that the NRCC pulled the ad, Levy simply reiterated the fact that the NRCC pulled the ad.
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