A new round of advertisements from national Republicans criticizing Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., are slated to hit television airwaves during the holiday weekend.
The National Republican Congressional Committee produced the 30-second ad, called "Nick Rahall's Betrayal," and spent $25,000 so it will air today until Wednesday in the Charleston and Beckley area.
"When he's in West Virginia, Nick Rahall claims to be standing up for coal jobs, but when he is in Washington, D.C., with his allies, Rahall is on the front lines in the War on Coal," said NRCC spokesman Ian Prior.
Democrats disputed the claims in the ad, saying few will actually see the clip because it's a small purchase.
"National Republicans are desperate to start the campaign season more than a year before the election, so they've resorted once again to false and baseless attacks in an attempt to mislead West Virginians about Congressman Rahall's long record of standing up for coal jobs which are powering West Virginia's economy," said Allan Crow, a Rahall campaign spokesman.
With this buy, the NRCC has already spent at least $37,000 in advertising critical of Rahall, whose district covers southern West Virginia. The national Republican organization has said defeating Rahall is one of their top priorities for the 2014 election.
The new ad hits the same points as the others: with cloudy skies and ominous music, it accuses Rahall of voting in favor of a carbon tax while trying to align him with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
"After 36 years in Congress, Nick Rahall has become loyal to Washington, not West Virginia," a male voice tells viewers.