The digital, radio and billboard campaign by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) targets Reps. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania (PA-08), Jared Golden of Maine (ME-02), Jahana Hayes of Connecticut (CT-05), Tom Malinowski of New Jersey (NJ-07) and Chris Pappas of New Hampshire (NH-01).
"This is a warning to every vulnerable Democrat in the Northeast: Their socialist agenda will cost them their jobs in 2022," NRCC chairman Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., explained. "House Republicans are on offense throughout the country and will ensure voters have a clear understanding of Democrats’ damaging socialist policies."
The narrator in digital and radio ads in Maine charges that "Maine lobstermen trusted Jared Golden, but Jarden Golden sold them out. Golden is supported by the same radical environmentalists who back building wind turbines that threaten Maine’s lobster industry."
The host then pushes constituents to "tell Jared Golden to stand with Maine lobstermen, not special interests."
Golden's congressional district – the biggest east of the Mississippi River – includes a number of small cities, however, is mostly rural. Former President Trump won the district in 2016 – and caught it again by seven points in his 2020 reelection defeat.
Golden, a Marine veteran who deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, almost won the district in 2018 as the Democrats regained the House majority for the first time in eight years in a wave election. He became the first member of Congress elected by ranked-choice voting. The congressman won a second term last November by seven points, beating now-President Biden in the district by almost 30,000 votes.
The digital ad and an accompanying billboard take aim at Malinowski over fresh reports alleging that throughout the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, he purchased and sold as much as $1 million in stock in companies involved in the COVID response.
"As our economy collapsed from the coronavirus, Tom Malinowski got rich," the narrator in the ad claims. "Malinowski broke the law and tried to hide it."
"Tell Tom Malinowski stop putting personal profits ahead of New Jersey voters and businesses," the announcer urges.
Malinowski, reacting to the reports, has announced there’s no accusation of trading on insider information or abuse by his office and claims the stories are based on a late filing.
The congressman won election to the House in 2018 by five points but nearly earned a second term last November with a one-point triumph.