Freshman Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., released a new television ad Tuesday revisiting a familiar theme in her media campaign: basketball.
The spot features men in black suits committing flagrant fouls and double-teaming children in a basketball game. The ad concludes with Bustos, a hall-of-fame collegiate basketball player, delivering a behind-the-back pass to a young girl.
This November, Bustos faces a rematch against former Rep. Bobby Schilling, a Republican. The race is rated Leans Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
The spot will air in all three media markets in Illinois’ 17th District.
Sports metaphors and exhibitions of candidate athletic skills are nothing new in campaign ads, even with Bustos. Last cycle, she hit an over-the-shoulder shot in the final scene of her spot:
More recently, GOP Rep. Curt Clawson, a former Purdue Boilermaker, hit a series of three pointers in his own ad in a Florida special election earlier this year.
In the 2012 cycle, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., hit the batting cages:
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