A Republican super-political action committee is using a chess-themed play on words in a television ad linking New York Rep. Tim Bishop and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“He’s not a bishop. He’s Pelosi’s pawn,” a narrator says after attacking Bishop, a Democrat, for siding with the former House speaker on votes including one to “slash” $700 billion from Medicare. It’s a reference to the 2010 health-care overhaul, which reduced projected Medicare spending by $716 billion over a decade and doesn’t affect benefits guaranteed to elderly people.
The ad, sponsored by Prosperity First Inc., a group that can accept unlimited donations, encourages viewers to “vote to change the game against Pelosi” by backing Republican Randy Altschuler, a businessman and former Wall Street banker who’s seeking a rematch of a 2010 race that Bishop won by three-tenths of one percentage point. Bishop, who’s seeking a sixth term, and Altschuler are seeking New York’s 1st District, which takes in eastern Long Island.
Prosperity First has spent $479,000 on the race, according to its most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Prosperity First raised $635,000 through June, including $500,000 from Robert Mercer, the co-chief executive officer of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies in East Setauket, New York. Mercer has donated millions to Republican super-PACs this election cycle, including $1 million each to Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney group, and American Crossroads, an organization founded with the assistance of Republican strategist Karl Rove.