Ad War Heats Up in Alabama House Special | #AL01

Posted August 29, 2013 at 12:35pm

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne announced Thursday that he will be up with his first television ad in Alabama’s 1st District special election, highlighting his work as a public servant to clean up the state’s community college system.

The $47,000, positive spot will air on broadcast for the week beginning Sept. 3, and on cable beginning Friday through Sept. 9.

Byrne is the second candidate to go on air this week in the crowded special election GOP primary to replace GOP Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned from Congress in July to take a job with the University of Alabama system.

GOPAC paid for an ad this week in support of state Rep. Chad Fincher, one of the many Republican primary hopefuls in the race. Byrne’s ad buy is $17,000 bigger than the ad supporting Fincher, with the Byrne campaign planning on additional ad buys up until the Sept. 24 primary.

If necessary, a primary runoff will be held Nov. 5.

Other candidates competing in the special election include newspaper columnist Quin Hillyer, who received the support of former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and former Republican National Committee aide Wells Griffith. Neither has reserved ad time as of Thursday afternoon.

Alabama’s 1st District is rated a Safe Republican seat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.