The conservative group Club for Growth is threatening to launch an ad campaign in Utah targeting freshman Democrat Ben McAdams over his stance on impeachment.
Club President David McIntosh told UtahPolicy.com McAdams promised voters he’d buck Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but his vote in favor of formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump shows that was an empty promise.
“In his first six months in Congress, McAdams voted with Pelosi 90% of the time,” said McIntosh. “He’s not keeping his promise.”
During his campaign against Republican Mia Love, McAdams vowed not to vote for Nancy Pelosi to become speaker, a promise he made good on, casting his vote for Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy earlier this year.
McAdams’ campaign manager Andrew Roberts brushed off the criticism.
“Ben is focused on making the right choice for the district and no amount of spending from Washington, D.C. political groups – from either party – will influence his decision,” he said.
McIntosh acknowledges rallying support for Trump in Utah may be a hard sell for voters.
“Voters in Utah may not see Trump favorably, but they also agree there should not be an impeachment,” he said. “Democrats are spending way too much time on this and not getting anything done on important issues like the economy or creating jobs.”
This would not be the first impeachment-related foray the Club for Growth has made into Utah. Last month the group launched digital ads calling Sen. Mitt Romney a “Democratic asset” who was “plotting to take down President Trump” with impeachment. Romney drew the ire of Trump supporters when he criticized the president’s apparent efforts to get foreign governments to dig up dirt on his domestic political rivals. McIntosh says they’re pleased with the apparent impact that the campaign had.
“We were pleased with the results. He (Romney) has stopped talking about impeachment and switched to other topics,” said McIntosh.
The group says they have not yet decided whether to include McAdams in a second wave of ads, but would likely make a move soon, maybe this week.