Mudslinging in full effect as election nears

Congressional race heats up

SAN ANTONIO -- In the final days of the campaign, political ads in the race for Congress with Will Hurd and Pete Gallego are blanketing the airwaves.

In an ad released by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Republican Congressman Will Hurd is being tied to Donald Trump and Trump's comments about veterans.

“Donald Trump disrespected our veterans, attacking Gold Star military families and mocking prisoners of war,” said the ad.

The ad played comments made by Donald Trump about Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain, a Republican who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

“He's a war hero because he was captured,” said Trump. “I like people that weren't captured.”

The ad continued: “Congressman Hurd still refuses to disavow him.” The ad also claimed Hurd called for cuts to veteran's care.

Hurd's campaign manager, Justin Hollis, told KENS 5 Hurd, a former CIA agent, fought alongside veterans on the front lines of the War on Terror.

"He will always do what's right for them,” said Hollis. “Pete Gallego let them get lost in a failed VA system, probably because he was in such a hurry to get back to Austin and be a high paid insider lobbyist."

A claim that Democrat Pete Gallego was a lobbyist is at the center of the anti-Gallego ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Gallego, a former prosecutor, was the Congressman for this same district from 2013-2015.

“After you fired him, he came back and lobbied, selling his insider status,” said the ad. “Now he wants you to let him back in. Stop the revolving door of Congress. Say ‘no’ to Gallego.”

The Democrat and former lawyer responded in a statement.

"Mr. Hurd and Mr. Trump share many campaign tactics and positions and neither understands that repeating something over and over doesn't make it true,” said Gallego. “I'm proud of my record of helping to bring veterans over $1.3 million in money they were owed. I'm proud of my work to improve and increase access to health care."

(© 2016 KENS)


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