The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is firing back at an ad from the Democratic incumbent with an ad of his own. This campaign was expected to be expensive, and now it’s certain to be nasty as well.
Like his opponent Sen. Sherrod Brown’s inaugural ad, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s first one is negative, too.
"You're going to hear a lot from Sherrod 'Full-of-Bull' Brown, because a lifelong politicain who raises our taxes and broke his pledge on term limits will say anything to stay in Washington," Renacci says.
Brown’s second ad says Renacci tried to avoid paying taxes in 2012 – which Politifact ruled that year was “true."
Brown’s first ad claiming Renacci was a registered lobbyist while in Congress was rated “mostly false” by Politifact. Brown appears for only a few seconds in his ad.
Renacci is on screen the entire time in his, including when he challenges Brown to make his claims in person on camera. Brown said in a statement that he’d welcome a discussion on Renacci’s non-payment of income taxes.
Renacci used the ad to repeat his statement that he's a "businessman, not a career politician." Renacci has served in the U.S. House since 2010.