Reality Check: Campaign committees trade attacks in 42nd district special election race

Reality Check: Campaign committees trade attacks in 42nd district special election race

Candidate committees have gotten involved in TV advertising in the special election race in Wisconsin’s 42nd Assembly district.

The Republican Assembly Campaign Committee (RACC) and Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee (ADCC) are both running ads for candidates Jon Plumer and Ann Groves Lloyd.

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The campaign committees are groups that raise and spend money to help all candidates for their party and can give them unlimited donations. They have to disclose donors and how much they spend on behalf of those candidates. For this special election, RACC has reported spending nearly $100,000 for TV ads on behalf of Jon Plumer. ADCC has reported spending more than $100,000 on TV ads.

The ad supporting Groves Lloyd focuses on health care and support for a Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin.

“Republican Jon Plumer, another Republican vote to refuse billions in federal dollars,” an announcer in the ADCC ad says.

News 3 finds this needs clarification. Plumer has not been in the state Assembly, so he hasn’t voted on the Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin. The ADCC provided social media posts from Plumer that says he doesn’t support Obamacare, including one that refers to the issue as “organized crime,” but did not share a specific example of where Plumer said whether he’d support a Medicaid expansion.

A spokeswoman for RACC did not answer a direct question as to whether Plumer would support a Medicaid expansion.

The RACC add also discusses health care, but first talks tweets.

“She’s really extreme, said she’s a socialist and that she thinks that the United States are terrorist and that we’re like North Korea,” a woman pictured in the RACC ad says to a friend.

News 3 finds this needs clarification. The tweets pictured could not be verified because Groves Lloyd’s personal tweets are protected and she did not approve a reporter’s request for access.

What’s seen in the ad is a retweet of a quote from a socialist and an article about socialist candidates from The Nation editor John Nichols. Groves campaign said she considers herself a Democrat and is running as one on the ballot. A spokeswoman wouldn’t comment further on Groves Lloyd’s tweets about socialism or the “like” pictured about America becoming North Korea.

“Let me guess, Groves Lloyd supports single payer health care,” the woman in the RACC ad remarks to her friend.

News 3 finds this also needs clarification.

RACC also references a Lloyd tweet that News 3 cannot verify for her support of single payer health care. The Groves campaign said she would have to review any health care proposal before taking a specific position and said ” not every single payer system is the same.”

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