Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty of the 5th District has released her first ad of the 2014 cycle. It’s a warm and fuzzy spot that features a Danbury veteran who praises Esty’s constituent service.
Esty is locked in a tough reelection battle with Republican Mark Greenberg in the 5th, which is widely seen as the most conservative of Connecticut’s congressional districts.
The National Republican Congressional Committee called the ad “nothing short of deceptive.” Matt Gorman, director of rapid response for the NRCC, says Esty voted against a bill that would have reduced the backlog at VA hospitals “while voting to allow members of Congress, like herself, taxpayer-funded healthcare for life.”
Greenberg’s spokesman Bill Evans also released a statement: “In a campaign ad, we wouldn’t expect Elizabeth Esty to lay out how bad her record is on veterans’ issues. But the reality is that she was silent for months during the VA scandal, never called for Shinseki’s resignation and remained silent — until she voted against helping reduce the backlog of disabled veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Between now and November, Esty will hopefully explain her poor record on veterans’ issues to the voters in discussions longer than 30-second ads,” Evans said.