Democrat House group cancels TV ad buy in Detroit

David Shepardson and Chad Livengood
The Detroit News
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WashingtonThe Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is canceling a reservation for a week’s worth of television ads it had reserved in three U.S. House races in or around Metro Detroit, a campaign aide briefed on the matter told The Detroit News.

Capitol Hill publication Roll Call reported Monday that the Democratic group was canceling ads it planned for Michigan’s 7th, 8th and 11th districts — respectively involving GOP U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton as well as Republican primary winners Mike Bishop of Rochester, the former state Senate majority leader, and Birmingham foreclosure attorney Dave Trott.

It is a sign Democrats are putting their money into other races they think they are more likely to win. The move is a blow to Democratic challengers Pam Byrnes, a former state representative from Chelsea; Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing; and Bobby McKenzie, a former State Department counter-terrorism senior adviser from Canton Township.

A DCCC official confirmed to The Detroit News that commercials scheduled for two weeks before the Nov. 4 election were canceled. But ad buys for the week of the election remain in place.

The group had reserved about $850,000 in commercials on Detroit area TV stations from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4, including a $144,000 buy at WXYZ-TV, a DCCC official confirmed.

The group is still pushing the Democratic candidates in those districts.

“Ad reservations are changing every week, and Pam Byrnes, Eric Schertzing and Bobby McKenzie are running aggressive campaigns in a tough climate that exposes the records of Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop and David Trott, who are prioritizing the special interests over the middle class,” said Brandon Lorenz, a Democratic Congressional Campaign committee regional press secretary:

A Lansing TV ad reservation from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4 is still on the books for $290,000 but the DCCC aide said the group could still opt to cancel. A Lansing commercial buy would likely target the Schertzing-Bishop race in the 8th district, which includes Ingham County.

“This shows what we’ve known all along — we have great candidates who Michigan families trust and support,” Michigan GOP spokesman Darren Littell said. “It just took the Democrats a while to figure it out.”

The DCCC had reserved more than $1.1 million in Detroit and Lansing TV buys for the seats of Reps. Walberg, Kerry Bentivolio of Milford and retiring Mike Rogers of Howell. Bentivolio lost the primary to Trott but plans an uphill write-in campaign that was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on Friday.

The DCCC hasn’t canceled an ad reservation for Michigan’s first district, where Democratic challenger Jerry Cannon of Traverse City is targeting Congressman Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls.

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