Issa’s Endorsement of Trump Targeted in Challenger’s First TV Ads

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First-time Democratic Congressional candidate Doug Applegate is targeting eight-term Rep. Darrell Issa‘s endorsement of Donald Trump in new TV ads airing in the 49th District.

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The ads highlight Issa’s endorsement and suggest that his wealth makes him similar to Trump. “Just like Trump, Issa gamed the system to line his own pockets steering millions in taxpayer money to help properties he owned,” according to the ads.

Applegate, a retired Marine colonel and trial attorney, has attracted national attention after doing better in the June primary than any previous challenger, losing 45 percent to 51 percent in the district that straddles north San Diego and south Orange counties

“Congressman Darrell Issa is exactly what’s wrong with Washington, and southern California voters deserve to know that,” said Robert Dempsey, Applegate‘s campaign manager. “Colonel Doug Applegate will always but the country before any political agenda.”

Recent polls have shown Issa leading with margins ranging from 3 percent to 14 percent.

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