WASHINGTON — Rep. Pete Gallego’s campaign has launched a pair of ads. One touts his border security credentials and another, narrated in Spanish, his support for public education and Latinos.
The spots, which will be broadcast in the San Antonio media market, are part of the $462,000 the campaign has reserved in airtime leading up to Election Day. More spending is on the way, campaign manager Anthony Gutierrez said. They began airing on Monday.
One ad features testimonials from law enforcement officials who call the Alpine Democrat their ally. Gallego faces Will Hurd, a former CIA operative, next month.
“Pete’s as tough as they come,” Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson asserts. The spot criticizes Hurd for supporting cuts to the federal budget that would reduce border security spending.
The issue is a perennial focus in the 23rd District, which covers 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border and runs from San Antonio to El Paso.
The sprawling area is considered Texas’ only swing district. A majority of the population is Hispanic.
In the Spanish-language ad, a female narrator asserts that Hispanics are the future of the U.S. and that education is their ticket to the American dream.
The spot charges that Republicans and Hurd want to cut aid to low-income schools and college scholarships.
The Hurd campaign called the ads a “classic career politician move.” Spokeswoman Valerie Chicola said Gallego has voted with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi against a bill that would have helped secure the border.
“The Gallego campaign can’t answer for this vote or his vote against the Keystone Pipeline so they have resorted to attacking Will with negative ads that are both false and deceitful,” Chicola said.