Republicans are repeating a line of attack they've used for several weeks — that Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon isn't prepared to address national security issues if she's elected to the House of Representatives.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super political action committee linked to House Republicans, launched a new television commercial attacking Deacon's stance on fighting ISIS and the Iran nuclear deal.
The ad, which is part of an $800,000 campaign funded by the super PAC, began airing Tuesday on Syracuse-area broadcast and cable TV stations.
Much like previous ads funded by Republicans, including U.S. Rep. John Katko and the National Republican Congressional Committee, the 30-second spot uses a clip of Deacon, D-Syracuse, telling WRVO's Grant Reeher "I don't know what the answer is" when asked about how the U.S. should approach fighting ISIS in Syria.
The quote mentioned in the ad wasn't Deacon's full response in that December 2015 interview. As The Citizen has outlined in a previous fact check, her response was much longer. But Republicans have seized on that sound bite to portray Deacon as ill-prepared to handle national security issues in Congress.
"When it comes to our nation's security, Colleen Deacon doesn't know the answer," said Ruth Guerra, a spokeswoman for the Congressional Leadership Fund. "In fact, voters can hear it from Deacon herself. Whether it's supporting the dangerous Iran deal or fighting ISIS at home and abroad, Colleen Deacon has demonstrated she isn't prepared. New York families cannot afford to risk their security with a novice like Colleen Deacon."
Guerra added that the ad is one part of super PAC's campaign. It's also funding digital advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts in the 24th Congressional District.
According to Guerra, the Congressional Leadership Fund and the American Action Network, the super PAC's sister organization, has spent more than $33 million in 29 congressional districts throughout the country.
The group has spent $806,868 in the 24th District race, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Deacon is challenging Katko, R-Camillus, in the 24th Congressional District race.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.