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NRSC releases new ad repeating Jane Fonda, Agent Orange attacks against Rosen

Megan Messerly
Megan Messerly
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee is up with a new television ad Friday continuing to hammer several veteran-focused lines of attack against Rep. Jacky Rosen.

The 30-second spot attacks Rosen for attending a campaign fundraiser hosted by “Hanoi Jane,” the nickname given to actress Jane Fonda when she visited North Vietnam in 1972 and spoke out against American involvement in the war. The ad also criticizes the Democratic congresswoman for missing a vote on benefits for victims of Agent Orange, an herbicide that was used by the U.S. in the Vietnam war.

“Here’s Congresswoman Jacky Rosen. She’s just posing for pictures too — at a campaign photo op,” the ad says. “But Jacky Rosen was supposed to be at work in Washington that day – voting to help Vietnam veterans dying from Agent Orange. Now we learn Hanoi Jane raised Jacky Rosen money for her campaign. Get the picture?”

The ad will run in Reno and is backed by a six-figure buy.

Neither line of attack is new: Rosen’s opponent, Republican Sen. Dean Heller, first attacked Rosen at a Las Vegas appreciation event for veterans for attending the fundraiser hosted by Fonda, though the actress did not ultimately end up attending the event, and the conservative group One Nation seized on the missed vote on Agent Orange in an ad released earlier this month.

In response to the One Nation ad, a progressive opposition research firm found that Heller also missed a vote when he was in the House on legislation that helped veterans deal with medical issues associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

A fact check by PolitiFact also later pointed out that though Rosen missed the vote — to visit a child detention center near the Mexico border on official business as the Trump administration’s child separation policy came under fire — she was one of the bill’s 330 co-sponsors and that it passed 382-0 under rules for sure-to-pass bills, which was known three days before the vote.

In a statement, Rosen spokeswoman Molly Forgey dismissed the ad as "another spineless attack."

"Jacky is the daughter of a World War II veteran and she has a record in Congress of standing up for Nevada’s veterans and military families by fighting to expand access to GI benefits, end veteran homelessness, and hold the VA accountable," Forgey said. "This is pure partisan politics at the expense of Nevada’s more than 200,000 veterans and Dean Heller should be ashamed."

Updated 8-24-18 at 10:32 a.m. to include a statement from Rep. Jacky Rosen's campaign.

Updated 8-25-18 at 2:16 p.m. to correct that the ad is running only in Reno.


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