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Republican AG group launches digital ad, website targeting Ford over arrests in college

Riley Snyder
Riley Snyder
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Aaron Ford in a dark jacket and bow tie during an interview

The Republican Attorneys General Association is launching a new broadside against Democratic attorney general candidate Aaron Ford, accusing the state senator of being “unqualified” for the role in a new ad campaign based on revelations that he was arrested several times as a college student.

The group is launching a five-figure digital advertising buy featuring a 15-second ad citing media coverage of Ford’s arrests in the 1990s for public intoxication, stealing tires and failing to appear in court during his time as a Texas A&M student. The ads and a related attack website — whathappensincollegestationwillstayonyourrecordforever.com — began appearing on video pre-roll and social media on Friday and will run through mid-September.

RAGA spokesman Zack Roday said in an email that the arrests were a valid campaign attack given that Ford was running to become the state’s chief law enforcement officer.

“Getting arrested four times is relevant when you’re asking Nevadans to trust you as their top cop,” he said. “The attorney general is a serious job and Aaron Ford simply cannot be trusted.”

Ford has acknowledged the arrests — none of which led to any jail time — as mistakes made in his youth, but said they shouldn’t define him or his qualifications in running for attorney general.

“I obviously made some bad decisions, but college kids make bad decisions,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’ve learned from these. I’ve grown from these. It’s part of what makes me so passionate for what I fight for. I don’t want the first 20 years of my life to be the judge of what’s happened the last 25 years of my life.”

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