The House Majority PAC, an outside super-PAC controlled by the U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leadership, began running an attack ad against U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, this week highlighting the freshman lawmakers votes in Congress.
The 33-second spot titled "Breaking Down" is the first ad aired in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District by the super-PAC designed to help Democrats regain control of the House.
The spot begins with a driver with a Scott Rigell for Congress bumper sticker breaking down in a suburban neighborhood.
"Scott Rigell seemed like a reliable choice for Congress," the narrator says, playing on Rigell's ownership of local car dealerships. "But after only two years in Washington, he's already breaking down."
The narrator goes on to highlight Rigell's vote to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70; his support of GOP vice presidential nominee and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan which turns Medicare into a voucher program for people under the age of 55; and votes to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts for all income levels.
The ad then shows a tow-truck with a sign on the door supporting Rigell's Democratic opponent, Virginia Beach businessman Paul Hirschbiel, pulling up to help the stranded motorist.
"We need a Congressman who will get Washington moving again for us," the narrator says.
While Rigell has supported the Ryan budget plan and voted for extensions of the Bush tax cuts - which President barack Obama wants to expire for people making more than $250,000 a year - he recently told the Daily press he is willing to "compromise" on raising taxes in conjunction with budget cuts in order to deal with the nation's fiscal crisis.
Rigell said as he has studied the data he found that a cuts only approach to reining in a $1.2 trillion bidget deficit and nearly $16 trillion in national debt is "mathematically indefensible."
This caused Rigell to disavow his initial support for Grover Norquist's "no new tax pledge." He has also pointed to legislation he introduced that would do away with tax subsidies for corporate jets and put that money into veterans' programs.
The $140,000 House Majority PAC ad buy will run for two-weeks in the 2nd Congressional District, due to redistricting has an expanded presence on the Peninsula with new precincts in Newport News and Hampton.