TV ad links gay Democratic Rep David Cicilline to a child molester, murderer and predator

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Low Politics As Congressman Is Linked To Child Rapist In Rival’s TV Ad

  • House Republicans Launch TV Ad Linking Democratic Representative David Cicilline to Child Rapist, Murderer and Predator
  • Cicilline worked as a defense attorney twenty years ago, defending hardened criminals
  • Ad designed to boost GOP hopeful Brendan Doherty, former chief of state police, as he makes his first run for office

What do a child molester, murderer and predator have in common?

Democratic Representative David Cicilline, according to House Republicans who ran a Rhode Island TV ad this week that linked them.

The ad references the freshman’s time as a lawyer two decades ago when he defended hardened criminals and is designed to boost the GOP’s hopeful Brendan Doherty.

Still from the ad linking David Cicilline to child molesters

Still from the ad linking David Cicilline to child molesters

Doherty, former chief of state police, makes his first run to office.

The ad reflects an attack on Doherty’s own campaign launched last week, which features a photo of Cicilline on the screen alongside the words ‘rapists, pedophiles and murderers’.

Nationally, Democrats are not expected to regain control of the House in Tuesday’s election. But Cicilline’s seat in small, liberal-oriented Rhode Island would be a victory for Republicans, who haven’t won a seat in the House representing the state since 1992.

The GOP considers this year their best chance since then, with both national sides pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into TV ads in the final week of the race.

Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty, left, and incumbent U.S. Representative David Cicilline, DR.I., right, participate in a televised debate
Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty, left, and incumbent U.S. Representative David Cicilline, DR.I., right, participate in a televised debate

Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty, left, and incumbent U.S. Representative David Cicilline, DR.I., right, participate in a televised debate

The NRCC ad is “one of the hardest ads I’ve ever seen in Rhode Island politics,” said former Democratic congressman Bob Weygand.

He said defense attorneys don’t necessarily love their clients, but it’s their job to defend them, and that shouldn’t reflect on them personally.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called the ad “the worst kind of gutter politics,” while Cicilline campaign manager Eric Hyers said voters deserve a debate on the issues.

The Cicilline campaign released an ad on Wednesday that focused on Republican ads and said that Doherty “don’t want to talk about his agenda.”

Asked about the honesty of an ad attacking a lawyer for defending those accused of crimes, NRCC spokesman Nat Sillin criticized Cicilline for choosing to “fight violent criminals” over victims.

David Cicilline chose to represent convicted child molesters and murderers. He chose to make that his profession,” he said.

It’s “one of the toughest ads I’ve ever seen in Rhode Island politics,” former Democratic congressman Bob Weygand told the Washington Post, adding that Cicilline’s job shouldn’t reflect on him personally.

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