Gill campaign spokesman Colin Hunter said Monday that the ad is running on network TV in the Sacramento market and cable systems in the Delta; he declined to say how much was spent on the ad buy.
“The stars of this ad are the local citizens who came out to stand up for their community,” Gill said in a news release. “Our campaign isn’t about party or ideology – it’s about uniting and empowering the community we proudly call home.”
Gill’s campaign said the ad draws upon a 2011 book in which McNerney argued that “morality” and “patriotism” require imposing immediate, across-the-board energy taxes. The campaign says the Congressional Budget Office has concluded those taxes “would impose the largest loss in purchasing power on households near the middle of the income distribution.”
“Jerry McNerney’s interjection of terms like ‘morality’ and ‘patriotism’ to push for higher energy taxes on middle-class families underscores how ideological he really is,” d Gill consultant James Fisfis said in the news release. “McNerney isn’t just pushing a higher gas tax – he literally wrote the book on it.”
Asked to respond to the ad, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Amber Moon on Monday cited an Associated Press story from April which reported that Gill’s father gave $2,000 to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign during the 2003 gubernatorial recall election – one year before Gov. Schwarzenegger appointed Gill to the state Board of Education. The elder Gill also gave $5,000 to Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign, the article reported.
“Wherever Ricky Gill goes, his parents’ money follows,” Moon said Monday. “Gill’s father gave campaign donations to Governor Schwarzenegger and Ricky Gill was appointed as the student representative on the State Board of Education. Ricky Gill continues to inflate his resume to cover up the fact that he has never even held a full-time job.”