Bad timing? Bad taste? Or both?
The National Republican Congressional Committee released an attack ad Wednesday slamming billionaire philanthropist and Democratic mega-donor George Soros as a “radical.” The ad dropped just two days after an explosive device was sent to his home in a New York suburb.
The political ad, called “Owes,” blasts Minnesota congressional candidate Dan Feehan, a Bronze Star recipient and former Army Ranger, who currently has a razor-thin lead over Republican Jim Hagedorn.
The ad starts with a clip of Feehan saying he owes “nothing to any leader, any corporation.” A stern voiceover interjects: “What a joke! Look at who finances Dan Feehan’s employer. Radical George Soros, Wall Street’s biggest banks, a crooked lobbyist tied to Pelosi.”
Authorities said Monday that one of Soros’ employees opened a package, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device. The employee placed the package in a wooded area and called the Bedford police.
The bomb was similar to other explosive devices that were sent to former president Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and CNN’s headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Soros is known for his philanthropy and liberal political activism. His donations to Democratic candidates and causes have made him a target of conspiracy theories over the years.
The political ad isn’t the only ill-timed GOP attack to come Wednesday. Just two hours after CNN’s New York headquarters were forced to evacuate after another explosive device was found mailed to the building, President Donald Trump’s campaign sent out a fundraising email slamming the network.
The NRCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Watch the attack ad below: