by Jennifer Swift
Aug 26, 2014
08:57 AM
Connecticut Politics

Esty's First TV Ad Touts Service to a Veteran, GOP Calls It Deceptive

Esty's First TV Ad Touts Service to a Veteran, GOP Calls It Deceptive

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and her Republican challenger Mark Greenberg.

The first campaign television ad of the year’s Fifth District contest hit the airwaves Tuesday morning, as incumbent U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s campaign debuted a 30-second spot focusing on her constituent service efforts, the New Haven Register reports.

The ad makes no mention of Esty’s challenger in the Fifth District, Republican Mark Greenberg. Instead it highlights Esty’s work helping Danbury resident Tom Campbell, a Danbury resident and Vietnam veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart.

The ad comes the day after Esty was endorsed by a veterans’ group that called her “a true champion for veterans.”

"This morning, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released her first TV ad and it’s nothing short of deceptive," responded Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

While Esty "touts her work for veterans," Gorman said she "voted against helping reduce the backlog of disabled veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs and in favor of members ofCongress, like herself, receiving taxpayer-funded healthcare for life."

A transcript of the ad is below:

Campbell: “I was wounded in Vietnam, and I came home with a Purple Heart. I did everything that my country asked of me. And one day, my Social Security checks stopped coming. I thought I was going to lose my home.”
Campbell:“Elizabeth Esty cut through the red tape and fixed the problem. Elizabeth got things done, and she got it done quick. She cares a lot about veterans, and she makes you feel like you’re part of her family. I don’t know where I’d be without her.”
Esty: “I’m Elizabeth Esty, and I approve this message.”
Esty's First TV Ad Touts Service to a Veteran, GOP Calls It Deceptive

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