The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) launched attacks against Sen. Krysten Sinema, R-Ariz., and Rep. Ruben Gallego, R-Ariz., on Monday in a new ad.
The 30-second ad described Gallego as a “corrupt Ruben Gallego” and said he “abandoned his wife when she was about nine months pregnant, then married a D.C. lobbyist.”
She then lashed out at Sinema — a former Democrat who is now registered as an independent — claiming that she “voted with President Biden’s agenda 100% of the time,” including the administration’s progressive energy initiatives and the American Rescue Plan in the age of the coronavirus.
“Losing parent or liberal Democrat? Arizonans deserve a better choice,” the ad, titled “Choice,” concluded.
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In a statement to Fox News Digital, NRSC spokesman Mike Berg said: “Divorcing your wife when she is approximately nine months pregnant is a lowly move that truly reflects the character of Ruben Gallego.”
Gallego divorced his wife, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, in 2016. Politico reported that a source close to Gallego said he and his ex-wife currently have joint custody of their 6-year-old son.
Berg said the committee plans to run more “truth-revealing” ads about Gallego — who is likely to become the Democratic nominee in the race — leading up to Election Day.
The announcement comes as an internal NRSC poll shows Sinema is currently drawing more support from Republican voters than Democratic voters, according to a source familiar with NRSC’s strategy.
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Sinema has not yet announced whether she will run for re-election, but Republican strategists are on the offensive.
“National Democrats are fighting a losing civil war over who will make them their standard-bearer: Rotten Ruben Gallego or liberal rubber stamp Kyrsten Sinema,” NRSC spokesman Tate Mitchell said in a statement.
Fox News Digital has reached out to Gallego and Sinema for comment.
In a press release, Gallego’s campaign called the ad “baseless” and a “deeply personal attack.”
“If attacks like this go unanswered, Carey Lake may overtake us,” the statement said.
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As Politico reports, Gallego’s memoir details how PTSD resulting from his service as a US Marine in the Iraq War destroyed his marriage.
The stakes are high because the race for Senate seats in Arizona could shift majority leadership in the upper chamber if a Republican is elected.