NBC NEWS: Ad Watch from Ben Kamisar

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 11:00am

Today’s Ad Watch centers on Steve King’s tough re-election fight.

Ahead of next month’s primary, King’s opponents have attacked him by arguing that by being removed from his committees last year for comments about white supremacy, King can’t adequately represent the district.

The most recent example — a new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that says that while the pandemic has been “rough for Iowa farmers…Steve King has let us down” by being “kicked off the Agriculture Committee.” The Chamber has endorsed Randy Feenstra, one of King’s opponents.

As King’s opponents are litigating his dismissal from committees on the airwaves, King is caught in a kerfuffle over whether he’s going to get those positions back.

The Sioux City Journal reported this week that King told voters at a forum that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy agreed to “advocate to the steering committee to put all of my committees back.”

But the problem is, many top Republicans aren’t okay with that idea.

And a McCarthy spokesperson told NBC News that King’s “past comments cannot be exonerated,” but that “he will have the opportunity to make his case” to the Republican Steering Committee, which controls GOP committee assignments.

Read the full article here