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Laura Ruderman going door–to–door in the 1st Congressional District. (KUOW Photo: Deborah Wang)

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Super PAC Attack On DelBene Continues, Despite Pleas

Kate Elston

A Washington congressional candidate has issued a second plea to her mother. She's asking her to pull TV ads that attack one of her rivals. But a cable company says that request hasn't come to them and the ads are on the schedule. Kate Elston reports.


[Ed.: This story has been updated since it was first broadcast; the ads were cancelled Wednesday night.(7/19/2012)]

Laura Ruderman is a Democrat running in the 1st Congressional District. Last week, voters in her district started getting letters in the mail that attacked another Democrat running for the same seat.

They were paid for by a type of political action committee called a super PAC. Ruderman denied knowing anything about the group.

Then, over the weekend, it was revealed that the sole funder of the super PAC is Ruderman's mother.

Then the TV ads started. They reportedly show the face of Ruderman's rival, Suzan DelBene, morphing into Mitt Romney.

Ruderman sent a letter to the super PAC asking them to pull the ads. The letter says, "I love my mother very much but I cannot condone the path this independent expenditure has taken."

But the ads were already on the schedule on channels like Bravo, CNN and the Food Network through next Monday. They have been scheduled to run over 2600 times from King County to the Canadian border.

Records show the super PAC spent over $50,000 for the airtime. The cable company Comcast says the super PAC has not canceled the ads.

Ruderman's mother did not respond to a request for comment. The state Democratic Party and the DelBene campaign have condemned the ads.

Ruderman and DelBene are facing off in a primary with five other candidates. They are running for the seat Democrat Jay Inslee left to run for governor.

I'm Kate Elston, KUOW News.

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