Dem group airs early TV ad for Delgado

Rep. Antonio Delgado is one of 17 House Democrats featured in a volley of new TV ads focused on health care, the potent issue that helped propel Delgado and other freshmen to victory and their party to power in the 2018 elections.

The commercials were paid for by a Democratic group called House Majority Forward, which announced it was spending $2.2 million on ads that denounce Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for blocking legislation and promote the 17 House members – all but one of them freshmen – in their districts.

The commercials are tailored for each district and celebrate the recent House passage of a bill intended to lower prescription drug costs. The opening angle for Delgado’s commercial is the 33 town hall gatherings that the Rhinebeck Democrat held last year across the 11-county 19th District, which includes Ulster and Sullivan counties.

“At dozens of town halls, Antonio Delgado has listened to folks struggling to afford the medicine they need,” the commercial begins, moving on to his support for the prescription drug bill.

Delgado represents a district President Donald Trump won by seven points in 2016 and is a Republican target, but he holds a large warchest and no prominent Republicans have emerged to challenge him. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who ran for governor in 2018 and had been courted as a potential GOP candidate for the 19th District, recently ruled out a congressional run.

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