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Progressive VoteVets PAC goes up with television ad backing Maura Sullivan

 ·  John DiStaso, WMUR   ·   Link to Article

VoteVets, a progressive political action committee supporting veterans running for federal and state offices, will begin airing the first independent expenditure television ad of the 2018 New Hampshire campaign Friday, supporting Democratic 1st Congressional District candidate Maura Sullivan.

The television buy is $190,000 for broadcast, including WMUR, and cable, booked through Sept. 3, a spokesman said. An additional $30,000 will be spent on digital versions of the ad.

The group endorsed Sullivan in December 2017. She is among 30 U.S. House candidates who have received VoteVets’ backing. Four Democratic U.S. senators have also been endorsed by the group.

Vote Vets’ ad will increase Sullivan’s already heavy presence on television. Her campaign has been airing ads for the past 10 days and has booked time through the Sept 11 primary.

Sullivan, of Portsmouth, is a U.S. Marine Corp veteran who served for five years as a logistics and operations officer, rising to the rank of Captain. She served in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and earlier, in Okinawa, Japan. Following her active service, she held posts in the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments during the Obama administration.

She is among 11 candidates running for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is not seeking re-election. Five Republicans and one Libertarian are also running for the seat.

The VoteVets television ad, entitled “New Generation,” features an elderly World War II veteran, Allen Morgan of Dover, saying, “I’ve never been more worried about our country than I am right now. We need a new generation of military leaders like Maura Sullivan.”

Morgan says, “Maura fought as a Marine. She served our country at the Pentagon. That’s why this old New Hampshire soldier is voting for Maura Sullivan for Congress.”

Visuals in the ad include black-and-white video of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands and several scenes of Sullivan in uniform, posing with Obama and speaking to voters.

View the ad here.