The National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad Friday labeling Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th Congressional District, a “big city rapper.”
“Just like Governor Cuomo and Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE, big city rapper Antonio Delgado supports their radical government takeover of health care,” the narrator in the ad says.
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The video is titled “NY-19: ‘Can’t Afford Delgado.’”
Delgado, who is black and formerly rapped under the stage name A.D. The Voice, is running against Rep. John FasoJohn James FasoThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority GOP House super PAC targets two freshman Dems with new ads MORE (R-N.Y.), who is serving his first term in Congress.
This isn’t the first time he’s been attacked over his rap career.
The NRCC released an ad earlier this month that spliced together some of the scenes from a music video by Delgado in which he uses the n-word, profanity, references to sexual acts and says “God bless Iraq,” with images of the candidate giving a standard campaign speech in more formal attire.
“It’s disappointing that John Faso and his supporters are still focused on distractions by spreading fear, hatred, and division. We continue to call on Faso to condemn these divisive and deceptive ads,” Delgado said in a statement at the time.
Neither the Delgado nor Faso campaigns immediately responded to requests for comment regarding the new ad.
The NY-19 race is very close, with a Monmouth University poll released earlier this month showing Delgado with a 48-45 lead over Faso among likely voters, a lead that falls within the margin of error.
The district voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as a “toss up.”