Below is an American Crossroads ad attacking U.S. Sen. Mark Begich for taking credit for things that the ad claims he shouldn’t take credit for. The ad continues a theme that has been playing out between the campaigns of GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and Begich for weeks now. (See the ads here, here and here.)
As expected, it quotes Rep. Don Young, who recently told a camera crew during a recent campaign shoot in Fairbanks, that he was tired of Begich’s claims about his accomplishments. “Don’t take credit for something you did not do,” Young said in an impromptu interview by a camera crew that regularly works for Young and for Art Hackney, an Anchorage based ad-man and strategists for American Crossroads.
Among other things, Young was referring to a road that was recently built in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, that was an effort by the whole delegation. Also both Young and American Crossroads questions Begich’s claims of his role in building the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Here, they are on less solid ground. Begich worked tirelessly on that project when he was Anchorage’s mayor. It was one of his major accomplishments.
The ad then goes on to make the often stated claim that Begich voted with Obama 97 percent of the time. It’s a claim that comes from a study conducted by Congressional Quarterly which has Begich voting 97 percent of the time with the president on 108 bills that Congressional Quarterly identified as having the president’s support. Sixty five of the 108 were nominations. (See the total vote count here.)
According to the study, Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted with the president 72 percent of the time, and Rep. Don Young voted with the president 22 percent of the time.
Here’s Art Hackney’s statement about the ad:
Give Mark Begich credit where it’s due: he’s the only member of the Alaska congressional delegation who votes with Barack Obama 97% of the time, The fact is that the record Begich touts in Alaska is far removed from his real record in Washington. While Begich wants to take credit in Alaska for things he did not do, he’s hoping Alaskans will look the other way when it comes to his record of voting with President Obama.
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