For Dan Maffei, it's not a flattering nickname. But for U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's campaign, it's a nickname they are using to remind voters that Maffei has served in Washington before.
Buerkle's campaign released their latest TV ad this week. The ad claims Maffei voted to raise taxes, supported a budget that added more than one trillion dollars to the deficit and gave bonuses to members of his staff after losing the 2010 election.
Maffei, the Democratic candidate in the 24th Congressional District race, served one term in the House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011.
Maffei's campaign responded yesterday with a release outlining Maffei's record on congressional pay. (While congressional pay wasn't mentioned in the ad, the campaign's release was in response to the staff bonuses charge made in the ad.)
During his time in office, Maffei voted against pay hikes for members of Congress, his campaign said Wednesday. He also returned $80,000 in 2009 and $60,000 in 2010 from his office budget to the Treasury Department, according to his campaign. And his staff salaries ranked 19th among the New York congressional delegation, his campaign said.
This is the third ad released by Buerkle's campaign in the 24th Congressional District. The second ad started running last week.