Mr. Veysey, of Cleveland, is making his first run for office against two political veterans - Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland.
Mr. Veysey has said he would be outspent by $1 million, but he seems to be the first to spend money on TV time. The commercial is airing only on Time-Warner cable for now.
Here's the release:
Graham Veysey, a 29-year-old small business owner and entrepreneur and candidate in the U.S. Congressional race for the new 9th district released a 30 second commercial that introduces him to voters.
This is the first television spot in the three-way race for the March 6 Democratic Primary for the U.S. House of Representatives in the district that spans the north coast of Lake Erie, from Toledo to the west side neighborhoods of Cleveland.
This is Veysey’s first time running for political office and the campaign promises this spot is just the beginning of his outreach to voters. Though many consider him a dark horse, Veysey is quickly gaining steam and gathering supporters. Ultimately, the campaign expects Kucinich and Kaptur to divide the establishment vote while Veysey’s growing support will shock the pundits and lead to a victory on March 6.
The television spot is being played on Time Warner Cable and targeted at Democratic primary voters.
“We have an enormous challenge in the next 46 days to introduce Graham to voters. We think that if voters know that there is alternative to the status quo – two people who have been politicians for a combined 70 years – the voters will prefer to support a fresh face that represents the future as opposed to two people in Congress who represent the past,” says campaign manager Jason Russell.
Veysey is a former grassroots organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid.
“Nobody knows me. I don’t need a poll to tell me that my name recognition is in single digits – if that. What I do know, though, is that only 9% of people think Congress is doing a good job and if people know that there is someone like me that wants to represent the interests of the new 9th District more than the interests in Washington, I think I can earn their vote,” says Veysey, who was born the same year Marcy Kaptur was first elected to Congress.
“We are going to be outspent by over one-million dollars. My opponents collect money from special interest groups and lobbyists. We can do better. We have a $15 trillion debt. Congress is mortgaging my generation’s future. I was always taught that if you break it, you buy it, you own it. They’ve broken it and my generation will have to own it so we should have a seat at the table.”
Please find the links to the commercial below. For broadcasting purposes, there is a high-resolution version available for download.