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NRCC Ad Mocks ‘Zany Professor’ Teachout in Tossup House Race

GOP ties New York Democrat to ‘socialist’ Bernie Sanders

The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a new ad in which it mocks Democratic House candidate Zephyr Teachout as “the zany professor.”

“Remember that professor who always pushed their liberal agenda?” the narrator asks as an actress with a hairstyle similar to Teachout is shown with a book obscuring her face.

Teachout, 45, is a Fordham University associate law professor and the Democratic nominee in upstate New York’s open 19th District. 

The ad negatively portrays her support of the nuclear deal with Iran and accuses her of supporting tax hikes. 

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“Teachout supports higher property taxes, higher energy taxes, and higher estate taxes,” the narrator says as the actress, shown from behind, underlines the words on a chalkboard.

The ad also ties her to “socialist” Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, where Teachout is originally from. Teachout supported Sanders during the Democratic primaries. 

“She’s just not one of us,” the narrator concludes. 

This is the NRCC’s third ad in the race this month and it will air in Albany, Utica and Binghamton media markets.  

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Teachout’s Republican opponent is John Faso, a former minority leader in the New York State Assembly.  The seat was left open by the retirement of GOP Rep. Chris Gibson, who has a reputation for being a moderate Republican and has endorsed Faso. 

A Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll of the race from late September showed the race about even, with Faso ahead by a point, 43 percent to 42 percent. 

Both campaigns are spending heavily, exceeding $8.5 million in total. Roughly $5.87 million of that is from spending by outside groups.

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race a Tossup.

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