Congressman David Cicilline, under attack from Brendan Doherty and the National Republican Campaign Committee for representing "rapists, pedophiles, and murderers" as a private attorney 20 years ago, is hitting back.
A new radio spot draws audio from a robocall former President Bill Clinton recorded on Cicilline's behalf, calling the Democrat an "innovative" former mayor who would defend women's health. Doherty, the president intones, would be another vote for the GOP agenda.
Clinton obviously appeals to the Democrats Cicilline must win by huge margins to pull out a victory. But it begins with a voiceover asking, "Brendan Doherty or David Cicilline, how do you choose?," which seems a gesture toward the independents who have eluded Cicilline - particularly the still undecided in their ranks.
A new TV ad hits Doherty for the attacks on Cicilline's legal work. What really matters, the spot suggests, is getting people back to work and protecting Medicare.