In GOP races, Dems are buying ads to call out extremists. Is that 'aggressive' or 'dangerous'?

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Dems explain why they’ve bought ads in GOP races to attack extremists

In some GOP primaries, Democrats are funding attack ads that call candidates “too conservative” or point out election lies. One strategist defends the tactic as “aggressive.” Others say it’s risky.

Republican House of Representative candidate John Gibbs speaks during a Save America rally at the Michigan Stars Sports Center in Washington Township on April 2, 2022.
  • A former Democratic House member says the party shouldn’t ‘be showering gasoline’ on GOP candidates.
  • The Democratic Governors Association, which has run such ads, defends the 2022 game plan.
  • The group’s political director says the strategy is necessary to alert general election voters.

Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer knew his primary race against challenger John Gibbs was going to be a nailbiter, but Democrats injecting themselves in it wasn’t something he expected.

The 34-year-old freshman was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, which infuriated many of his supporters in the GOP base.

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