A super PAC supporting Democrats is out with a new television ad today attacking Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei in his bid to unseat Representative John F. Tierney.
“Locally Tea Parties have been a good thing,” the ad begins, as it flashes images of the Boston Tea Party in 1773. “But in Washington, Richard Tisei called the Washington Tea Party a Godsend.”
The 30-second spot goes on to tie Tisei to plans to cut Medicare: “No surprise, there is a Tea Party plan that ends Medicare as we know it in exchange for giving millionaires a tax cut.”
Tisei, the ad says, “called it a good starting point.” The ad concludes with the line: “Richard Tisei, we can’t afford to let him get started.”
The ad, part of a $320,000, one-week ad buy in the Boston market, is funded by the House Majority PAC, the political action committee aimed at winning back a majority for Democrats in the House.
The group has also rolled out new television ads in New York and Illinois.
A month ago, the same committee pulled approximately $630,000 worth of ads in the Boston market, some of which were expected to benefit Tierney in his reelection fight against Tisei. At the time, spokesman Andy Stone said the money would be used for other congressional races around the country.
Stone today did not say what changed the group’s mind, or whether it will continue to run anti-Tisei ads through Election Day. “At this point,” he said, “we are keeping our options open.”
Tisei did not immediately return a call for comment.Cynthia Needham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follower her on Twitter @globecynthia.