Democrat TJ Cox released a new ad targeting his opponent for the 21st Congressional District, three-term Republican Congressman David Valadao (R-Hanford). In the ad, Cox said Valadao cares more about voting with Pres. Tump than he does about representing his constituents, a claim Valadao flatly denies.
“Congressman Valadao voted with Donald Trump every step of the way,” a narrator said in the ad. The ad, titled “Every Step,” says Pres. Trump’s healthcare plans have hurt Valley residents.
“I’m TJ Cox and I know we can do better,” Cox later said in the ad, noting he built Central Valley community health clinics, while Valadao voted with Pres. Trump in favor of a health care plan that was “devastating for the Central Valley,” according to the ad.
In an interview with 17 News, Valadao rejected the assertions as untrue.
“My focus has always been the district,” Valadao said. “I actually haven’t watched the ad, but from what you’re saying is in it, they tried that the last round two years ago with my last opponent which was always attaching me to another person.”
Representatives from the Valadao campaign said part of the ad was filmed out of the district in Fresno. The Valadao campaign rejected the accusation, saying part of the ad was filmed inside the district, but added such an accusation is a distraction from the issues facing men and women who call the Valley home.
Meanwhile, Valadao said he will remain optimistic.
“I think we’ve got a real opportunity to get things done,” he said. “I’ve lived in the 21st Congressional district my entire life, it’s my background, it’s who I am, and having the opportunity to go to Washington and be involved in and be a voice for the community is something I have always enjoyed doing, have the opportunity to do, and want to continue to do.”