Updated 1:01 p.m. | Democrat David Kanuth is set to hit the airwaves for a Los Angeles-based congressional race after recently splashing across the radar screen of California political operatives with an $804,000 first-quarter fundraising haul.
In the race to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the attorney will soon go on the air with a $62,000 ad buy, specifically in Palos Verdes, the South Bay and the Westside, which includes the cities of Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, according to a source tracking media buys.
The ad was not on Kanuth’s YouTube page as of press time, but the Harvard University alumnus has several other campaign videos up, including a one-minute bio spot and one in which he congratulates the runners of the Boston Marathon.
“Way to take this marathon right back. This is our [bleep]-ing city,” Kanuth says in the video, taking a cue from Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz .
Kanuth is competing with a number of well-known candidates in the June 3 top-two primary. The 33rd District runs along the L.A. coastline, and as a result is home to many of Hollywood’s biggest names .
Other Democrats in the field include state Sen. Ted Lieu, former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel and radio show host Matt Miller. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr is running as a Republican, while spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson is waging a bid as an independent. The top two vote recipients, regardless of party, will advance to the general election in November.
Carr and Miller are also up on TV in the district, where airtime is prohibitively expensive.
California’s 33rd District is rated Safe Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
Updated 1:01 p.m. | The Kanuth campaign released the ad. It will begin airing Thursday.