American Crossroads, the super PAC founded by Karl Rove, is launching a new TV ad today that throws everything but the kitchen sink* at moderate, pro-choice Republican Matt Doheny, the businessman running againt conservative Elise Stefanik in New York's 21st congressional district.
Here's the script:
Announcer: Multi millionaire Matt Doheny just doesn’t learn from his mistakes.
Maybe that’s why Doheny’s already lost 3 elections for Congress.
The Daily Times reported Doheny is a "significantly flawed candidate".
Doheny was sued twice for not paying rent on his New York City apartments ...
...charged twice for boating under the influence,
...and then violated multiple labor laws.
Matt Doheny? It would be a BIG mistake to send him to Congress.
When American Crossroads president Stephen Law vowed to keep Republicans from choosing the "wrong candidate" in primaries, that may have sounded like code for stopping the "more conservative candidate." But this ad shows that isn't the case. Elise Stefanik, a former staffer in the Bush White House, is one of those rare candidates (like Iowa's Joni Ernst) who has strong support from both the establishment and the Tea Party.
Stefanik was endorsed early on by 11 of the 12 local GOP county chairs and by Doug Hoffman, the Conservative party candidate who chased liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava from the 2009 special election that was the first electoral contest between the Tea Party and the establishment. Hoffman ended up losing that race to the Democrat Bill Owens, and divisions between conservatives and moderates continued to thwart efforts to take back the seat in 2010 and 2012, when Doheny lost both times. Stefanik has already won a spot on the November ballot's Conservative party line, which means the only path to unity in 2014 is for Stefanik to win the June 24 GOP primary as well.
*Throwing the kitchen sink at Doheny would have involved pointing out that he was caught cheating on his fiancee with a campaign staffer during the last election.