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Last EditedArmyDem  Jul 29, 2005 12:47pm
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News DateFriday, July 29, 2005 06:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNational parties pay attention

By Howard Wilkinson, Enquirer staff writer and Malia Rulon, Enquirer Washington Bureau

In a sign that the 2nd Congressional District race might be tight, the National Republican Congressional Committee has dumped more than $500,000 into a TV ad campaign attacking Democrat Paul Hackett.

The ad buy was estimated at $265,000 in the Cincinnati media market, along with another $250,000 on Huntington, W.Va., stations that cover the eastern end of the seven-county district.

The TV ad, which began running on Cincinnati noon news programs Thursday, says that Hackett voted for tax increases while a Milford city councilman in the 1990s and said that, if elected to Congress, Hackett would not vote to make President Bush's tax cuts permanent.

"It just shows that they know this is a real race and they're worried," said Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke. "They ought to be."

But Republican committee spokesman Carl Forti insisted that the ad buy is no sign that the party is worried that the Republican candidate, former state Rep. Jean Schmidt, could lose Tuesday's special congressional election.

"We have no concern that she will lose," Forti said. "She will not lose."
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