Progressive California Democrat, Ammar Campa-Najjar, set his sights on his opponent, embattled Republican Duncan Hunter, in an ad ran on Fox News.
Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter has been under fire by various news outlets, including Fox News after he and his wife were indicted for alleged illegal use of campaign funds.
And now, his Democratic opponent, a progressive underdog, has used footage and recordings consisting entirely of Fox News anchors in a political ad that targets Hunter. The footage was first spotted by The Sacramento Bee.
The video was shared on Campa-Najjar’s Twitter account on September 20, 2018, along with a caption that read, in part, “Indicted congressman Duncan Hunter is paying for ads to what should be his base – @FoxNews – to defend his embarrassing, criminal actions. So we’re airing this ad on Fox News & letting their anchors do the talking for us.”
Hunter has released an ad of his own, which Campa-Najjar’s ActBlue profile called an attempt “to try and cover-up the non-stop developments from his criminal investigation.”
Hunter’s 47-page indictment alleges he and his wife routinely used campaign funds to bankroll their luxury vacations, past due dentist bill, and their children’s school lunches, amongst other things. The amount of their alleged improper spending totaled $250,000 according to ABC News.
While Hunter called the allegations “ “purely politically motivated,” he also seemingly blamed his wife for misusing the funds during an appearance on Fox News.
Host Martha MacCallum asked the congressman, “Are you saying it’s more her fault than your fault?” Hunter replied, “I’m saying when I went to Iraq in 2003, the first time, I gave her power of attorney and she handled my finances throughout my entire military career and that continued on when I got into Congress. Because I’m gone five days a week, I’m home for two.”
He also insisted that his wife was his campaign manager. “Whatever she did, that will be looked at too, I’m sure. But I didn’t do it. I didn’t spend any money illegally. I did not use campaign money, especially for Wounded Warriors stuff, there’s no way,” he said.
You can watch Campa-Najjar’s ad below.