Hillary Clinton is front and center in House super PAC ad
August 18, 2014
By Dan Merica (CNN)
Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton isn’t running for Congress in Virginia’s 10th district. But you wouldn’t know that based on a Democratic super PAC web ad targeting the race.
Clinton, the former secretary of state and likely presidential contender in 2016, is featured prominently in a House Majority PAC web ad released Monday that looks to target Barbara Comstock, the Republican nominee for the northern Virginia seat.
On the campaign trail, Comstock has heralded her role as chief investigative counsel for the House Committee on Government Reform during former President Bill Clinton’s second term in office. Comstock was a thorough investigator and headed a number of high-profile investigations into Clinton White House affairs.
While some turned up malfeasance, others didn’t and Clinton loyalists have labels Comstock a serial and professional Clinton-hater.
“Barbara Comstock’s running for Congress, hell-bent on smearing Hillary Clinton,” said a narrator in the House Majority PAC ad.
The ad goes on to say that Comstock is “almost unhinged in her passion to bring down the Clintons,” citing a book by David Brock, a Clinton defender.
“Regardless of Clinton’s political future, Virginians deserve a representative who will focus on them, not a long-standing political vendetta,” Matt Thornton, communications director for the PAC, said in a statement.
CNN attempted to contact the Comstock campaign for a comment about the ad, but did not receive a response.
The ad is paired with a simple website, StandingWithHillary.com. On the website, visitors are asked to register with their email and postal code.
Comstock has not been shy in her desire to continue to investigate the Clintons. She told delegates at the Virginia state Republican convention that if elected, she would try to get to the bottom the September 11, 2012 terror attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans. The attack, which occurred while Clinton was secretary of state, has continued to dog her since she left the office in 2013.
Clinton has been more open about her presidential aspirations of late. Widely seen the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, the former first lady is already getting hit in campaign ads from the right.
Comstock will face off against John Foust, the Democratic nominee for the seat, in November. Both are vying to replace the retiring Rep. Frank Wolf.