Burns has raised far less money than his main rival, Keene Mayor George Hansel, who Democrats say would be a far more formidable candidate against Kuster. The ad could heighten Burns’ identity and potentially endear him to conservative voters in the final stretch of the race. It will air in the Boston and Burlington, Vermont, markets on Fox News Channel, according to media monitoring firm AdImpact.
“I’m also the only shamelessly pro-Trump conservative,” Burns says in the spot, which uses footage of him at a campaign event. “I am against the path to citizenship for illegal aliens. I want to build the wall and I’m an America First candidate.
President Joe Biden has lifted the district by 9 points in 2020, and Republicans hope to contest the seat in the midterm elections.
Hansel seems better placed than Burns to attract cross voters. He describes himself as “pro-choice” and has been an advocate for the fight against climate change. He got an early endorsement from Sununu, a popular governor who won statewide by casting a centrist profile in a purple state. Hansel also once appeared at a Black Lives Matter rally in Keene, drawing attacks from his opponent.
Burns, who has been active in local New Hampshire politics for more than a decade, has a much more conservative profile. He ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination against Kuster in 2018, and in 2010 he defeated then-incumbent Chris Pappas for Hillsborough County Treasurer. Pappas now represents the state’s other congressional district.
The burns endured the overthrow Roe v. Wade. His website notes that he opposes vaccination mandates, advocates “national reciprocity for concealed wear permits,” and calls critical race theory “a toxic ideology that instills self-loathing in impressionable minds. culture and racial resentment”. Those positions may appeal to GOP primary voters — but they could put off moderate Democrats and independents in the fall.
Yet Burns has far fewer resources for his campaign than Hansel. He ran less than $16,000 in TV ads, compared to Hansel’s more than $150,000, according to AdImpact.
National Democrats have waded through several GOP primaries this cycle to boost candidates they believe would be easier to beat in the November general election. These forays have been more or less successful – and have drawn criticism within the party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee successfully interfered with Rep. Pierre Meijer‘s (R-Mich.) earlier this month, helping a candidate against Meijer who denies the validity of the 2020 presidential election.
Other Democratic groups have played in state and federal races in Colorado, California, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
In a brief statement, a spokesperson for Democrats Serve did not openly admit to trying to pick his opponent: “We are running negative publicity against Bob Burns because we want Granite State voters to know that he is too extreme.”