In July, ThinkProgress reported about Rep. Steve King (R-IA) defending dogfighting during a town hall with constituents. The ensuing uproar forced King to respond in a video for constituents and post pictures of his family’s dogs on Facebook in an attempt to soften his image.
Now, the Humane Society Legislative Fund has launched a new TV ad focusing on King’s opposition to criminalizing dogfighting. The ad highlights his votes against strengthening penalties for interstate dogfighting and his opposition to a ban on bringing children to dogfights.
The Humane Society had released a separate ad last month that, according to the group, was “rejected by Iowa TV stations after King complained and pressured the stations not to show it.” However, the Humane Society notes that the Des Moines Register called the ad “accurate,” saying that the TV stations’ rejection was “puzzling.”
King is locked in a tight re-election battle in Iowa’s 4th congressional district with Christie Vilsack, wife of Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D).