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Attack ad on McAdams removed from Utah television stations

Posted at 2:45 PM, Oct 06, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Some Utah television stations have pulled an advertisement that falsely claimed Rep. Ben McAdams neglected his responsibilities as a member of the Congressional Executive Commission on China.

FOX 13's Max Roth showed how the ad by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that supports Republican challenger Burgess Owens, portrayed McAdams as missing more than half of the group's meetings.

The ad lists five dates of "meetings," choosing the word carefully because four of the meetings were official hearings. McAdams missed two of them.

The fifth meeting listed was a roundtable in which a group of experts faced the audience to make a presentation and answer questions. Some members of the committee would approach a podium to ask questions in a setting that did not resemble a congressional hearing.

"We’ve said all along that the Owens’ campaign and their D.C. allies have no shame when it comes to telling lies about Ben and his record." said Andrew Roberts, McAdams' campaign manager.

FOX 13 has received a replacement ad that will run on the station beginning Wednesday morning.

*Correction: This article previously stated that the ad was from Burgess Owens, which was incorrect.