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September 19, 2008

DCCC airs attack ad against Sweetland

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is up with its first attack ad against Dale Sweetland, the Republican nominee in retiring Rep. James Walsh’s (R-N.Y.) district.

The ad accuses Sweetland of supporting property tax hikes and pay raises for himself as an Onondaga County Legislature chairman.

"Pay raises for Dale Sweetland.  Tax increases for the rest of us.  Dale Sweetland has it backwards," the ad says.

While Democrats are favored in this Syracuse-area district, Democrats aren’t taking it for granted. The Democratic nominee, Dan Maffei, has a substantial financial advantage over Sweetland and has been airing television ads since July. (He was the first House candidate to go up on air.) John Kerry carried the district in 2004 — one of only eight GOP-held seats that he won.

One reason for possible concern? Maffei is one of the few candidates with direct ties to ethically embattled House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), recently serving as the committee’s Democratic press secretary.

Republicans have been trying to connect Rangel to nearly every Democrat who received campaign money from him, but here’s a race where that charge would have more resonance.