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

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

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Update: Super PAC Attack Ad On DelBene Is Cancelled

Kate Elston
07/19/2012

There is a new development this morning in a heated race among Democrats campaigning in Washington's 1st Congressional District. On Wednesday, a political action committee that supports one Democratic candidate was funding negative ads against a fellow Democrat. As of Wednesday night, those ads are no longer running, according to a spokesman with the Comcast cable TV provider.

TRANSCRIPT

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.

Records show the super PAC spent over $50,000 for the airtime.

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.

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