California: NRCC Makes Small Ad Buy Against Jerry McNerney

Posted February 15, 2012 at 11:59pm

The National Republican Congressional Committee is launching a Valentine’s Day-themed ad today that ties a California Democrat to President Barack Obama and Solyndra, the failed solar-power company.

The ad against Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) will air on cable for the next two weeks. The NRCC spent a total of $6,175 in the San Francisco and Sacramento media markets.

“McNerney backed Obama’s plan feeding half a billion to Solyndra, the solar company that was heading for bankruptcy,” the ad’s announcer says as a picture of McNerney appears within a red heart.

The ad also states that a Solyndra investor donated money to the campaigns of both McNerney and Obama, and that, “Apparently, money can buy you love.”

This is at least the second such ad the NRCC has run in the state after airing a similar one in October against Rep. John Garamendi (D). McNerney and Garamendi are running in two of at least a half-dozen districts in the state the NRCC is targeting.

McNerney was the only person able to flip the partisan control of a California district in the past decade. McNerney is a little safer in the redrawn 9th district, but he faces a well-funded opponent in law student Ricky Gill.