By Miriam Raftery
September 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – A new video ad from Ammar Campa-Najjar consists entirely of Fox News reporters and commentators blasting his opponent, Congressman Duncan Hunter, over Hunter’s indictment on federal corruption charges and Hunter’s efforts to blame his wife for his legal troubles.
The Fox newscasters affirm that the indictment includes “47 pages of campaign finance violations” for “a quarter million dollars to pay personal expenses,” adding “the couple lied to conceal the fraud.” One clip shows Hunter stating, “She handled my finances and I didn’t do it.” One Fox commentator questions, “What about personal responsibility?” A woman on Fox asks, “What kind of wimp blames their wife?”
The ad also urges voters to “put country over party.” View the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRArlTw2Nps&feature=youtu.be
The hard-hitting ad came in response to a hit piece aired on TV that attacked Campa-Najjar over his grandfather linked to Middle East terrorism – even though the grandfather died decades before Campa-Najjar, a Catholic, was born.
Hunter’s reelection page on Facebook has posted only three entries since his indictment in August, including his effort at “setting the record straight” in a KUSI interview, photos from a dove-shooting event with wounded warriors, and a link to a news interview on the border wall. Neither his campaign Facebook page nor his campaign website list any endorsements, though the Republican Party has endorsed him. Nor are any campaign events listed.
Campa-Najjar, by contrast, has been aggressively campaigning in the 50th Congressional District. His Facebook page has had dozens of posts in the past two weeks alone, including listings of campaign events, issues statements, and photos at various gatherings such as Veterans for Ammar.
Campa-Najjar’s website lists nearly 90 endorsements including national and local political leaders as well as numerous political clubs, labor groups and other organizations.