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Reps. Michelle Steel and Young Kim Who “Stood With Q” Exposed in DCCC’s First TV Campaign of 2022 Cycle

More Than $500,000 TV and digital ad campaign will target 6 key markets

Today, DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney announced the DCCC’s first major TV and digital campaign of the 2022 Election Cycle. The campaign exposes Congresswomen Kim and Steel, along with six other vulnerable Washington Republicans for being too weak to stand up to President Trump and the QAnon mob after he whipped them into a murderous frenzy, making it clear that each “stood with Q, not you.” The 30-second TV ads and digital spots will play across key local broadcast and cable stations in Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Omaha, and Washington, DC, as well as to targeted audiences across digital platforms.

This historically early investment from the DCCC comes as Congresswomen Kim and Steel and Washington Republicans continue to show they are too weak to stop the QAnon mob’s takeover of their party. The ad specifically spotlights the clearest example of that takeover. On January 6, President Trump and his top enablers in Congress whipped their supporters into a violent mob, then caved to their QAnon mob’s demands just hours after the mob murdered a police officer, when all but 10 Republicans in the House refused to stand up to the mob’s demands and voted against protecting Americans from the mob’s principal inciter, President Trump.

“Reps. Kim and Steel have made their choice – they chose to cave to the murderous QAnon mob that has taken over their party,” said DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney. “Washington Republicans are trying to have it both ways – refusing to hold those responsible for the attack on the Capitol accountable, offering nothing but empty words after years of hyping up lies and conspiracy theories. There is no middle ground, but their actions have made one thing clear — no American will be safe from the QAnon mob if Steel and Kim’s party is in power.”

While Steel and Kim and Washington Republicans may not recognize the threat the QAnon mob poses to our country, the American people do. New polling conducted on behalf of the DCCC by ALG and GBAO shows that QAnon holds a 68% name ID among voters in battleground districts, with an overwhelming negative perception: 5% favorable, 63% unfavorable. With more than 21 months to go before the election, and Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene as the most prominent faces of their caucus, voters’ familiarity with QAnon will only grow, while Republicans in Washington carry the mark.

SCRIPT for “Stood” targeting Congresswomen Kim and Steel in CA-39 and CA-48:

“QANON. A conspiracy theory born online. Took over the Republican Party. Sent followers to Congress. And with Donald Trump, incited a mob that attacked the Capitol and murdered a cop. Then Republicans like Young Kim and Michelle Steel voted to protect Trump, letting the QAnon mob win. Kim and Steel should’ve stood with us, but they were cowards – they stood with Trump and the lies. Representatives Kim and Steel: they stood with Q – not you.”

Similar versions will play spotlighting Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Garcia, Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Beth Van Duyne, and Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar.


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