Date delivered: Aug. 3, 2018
Message type: tv ad
Message tone: positive
About the message:
Democratic Congressman Jared Polis takes his general election campaign for governor to the air today with a 60-second ad featuring a constitutent whose husband died in a helicopter crash. Karen Mahany talks about how Polis helped change safety rules for helicopters as a result of the crash, which also was the subject of a 9News investigative series. We'll share their Truth Test when it is posted.
Here's the transcript of the ad:
KAREN: When my husband Patrick was killed in an accident with a Flight for Life Helicopter, Jared Polis stood by me in my darkest hour.
TEXT ON SCREEN: Because of loopholes in helicopter safety rules, the helicopter ignited on impact. With proper safety rules, Veteran Patrick Mahany would have survived.
KAREN: He was my best friend. He was the love of my life. I miss him every day. And I always will.
TEXT ON SCREEN: After the crash, Jared Polis championed legislation to update safety rules and protect future helicopter crews.
KAREN: Jared Polis stood by me. When he says he’s going to stand with you, stand up for you, there’s no holding him back. He will do whatever it takes to make sure that the people he’s representing are protected, and he has not faltered one second on that. He is not the typical politician. You have to have someone who’s persistent. And Jared’s persistent. He’s not letting up on this.
About the messenger:
Jared Polis is a Democrat who has served as the 2nd Congressional District representative in the U.S. House since 2008. He also won a term on the Colorado Board of Education in 2000.
Polis is an entrepreneur who made millions selling online businesses in the late 1990s.
The messenger's money:
Polis is largely self-funding his campaign, rejecting donations from political action committees. He's only taking donations of $100 and less from individuals. Through July 27, he spent nearly $12.30 million on his campaign.