As members of the U.S. House of Representatives prepare to vote on whether to impeach President Trump this week, Republican interest groups have been waging an ad war in selected districts across the country, including in Illinois.
There are at least two competing ads. One is a campaign run by a group called Republicans for the Rule of Law. It’s targeting Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of the few Republicans who’s been even occasionally critical of the president (though he’s also called the impeachment process “broken”).
A spokesman for the group says it wants Kinzinger and others to call on the White House to let top officials with firsthand knowledge of the Ukraine matter appear before Congress.
Trump doesn't want the people who know the most to testify. Why not? What's he afraid of?
This new ad from Republicans for the Rule of Law will air in key states and districts on TV and will be promoted digitally. pic.twitter.com/XeOOUS6xKo
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 27, 2019
That was a small but targeted ad buy — appearing several days in a row on Fox News Channel’s morning show.
Meanwhile, a much broader campaign from the Trump-aligned America First Policies is going right at Democratic freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood, who won in a previously Republican district.
The ads in Underwood’s district are airing more frequently and on more channels, including ESPN, the Food Network, HGTV and Fox News.