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Laxalt Accuses Sen. Cortez Masto Of ‘Gutter Politics’

Latest ad claims Cortez Masto has a ‘record of failure’

By Megan Barth, August 24, 2022 12:29 pm

In an ad released earlier today entitled ‘Gutter Politics’, GOP challenger Adam Laxalt accuses Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of spending millions in television ads that attack his family and childhood and lies about his past record as Nevada Attorney General.

Narrator:

Catherine Cortez-Masto is desperate — spending millions attacking Adam Laxalt’s family and childhood, and lying about his record.

Pathetic.

The Reno Gazette Journal fact-checker labeled Cortez-Masto’s ads false. The Washington Post called Cortez-Masto’s ads especially bad, misleading, and full of false claims that don’t add up.

Gutter politics can’t hide Cortez-Masto’s record of failure.

Nevada deserves results, not more lies.

As reported by The Globe, the Washington Post (WAPO) published a lengthy and scathing fact check rebuking Sen. Cortez Masto’s campaign ads attacking GOP challenger Adam Laxalt’s record of fighting opioid manufacturers as Nevada’s Attorney General.

WAPO noted that “The Cortez Masto campaign is straining mightily to connect dots in a sinister way. But they don’t add up.” WaPo awarded the Cortez-Masto ads seven Pinocchio’s and concludes that Cortez Masto’s ads “weaselly” claim that “Laxalt was beholden to pharmaceutical companies because of campaign contributions” and “falsely” claim that “Laxalt refused to sue a particular company.”

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, between 2017 And 2022, Cortez Masto received $217,695 from PACs and individuals in the Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Industry. And, during Cortez Masto’s time leading the DSCC, the committee received $2,342,852 from the Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Industry.

The WAPO rebuke was published just days after the Reno Gazette Journal (RGJ) published similar findings which labeled another attack ad as “false” which claimed Laxalt was for a national abortion ban. The Laxalt campaign challenged that false ad with a op-ed published in the RGJ.

Despite the fact-checking done by two news organizations, the Cortez Masto campaign continues to propagate disinformation in hopes to persuade voters and out-of-state donors in a dead-heat race that will decide which political party will control the U.S. Senate.

 

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