Congressman Richard Hanna has released his first television ad in his re-election bid. The Republican incumbent is running against Democrat Dan Lamb.
While candidates in other congressional races in the upstate New York have been running campaign commercials since late August, this is the first campaign ad in the newly drawn 22nd congressional district.
In Hanna's commercial, the one-term congressman looks directly at the camera and talks about his time in office.
"I’ve worked for you these two years like I’d expect my representative to work for my family: thoughtfully, compassionately working for solutions knowing our future is at stake. So I’m focused on rebuilding our economy, reducing the spending that’s strangling our country, and making sure Medicare is secure. I come home every weekend, listen to you and go back to work," Hanna says in the TV ad.
Dan Lamb, a former aid to retiring Representative Maurice Hinchey, is a first-time candidate.
As of September 30, Hanna has raised nearly $1 million in campaign funds, compared to about $265,000 by Lamb, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Lamb and Hanna have five debates and forums scheduled between now and election day. The 22nd district stretches from eastern Oswego County, through Utica and Binghamton to Broome County on the Pennsylvania border.