U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens’ campaign said it is airing its first television ad of the season starting Tuesday, and it plays up her role in the auto rescue under President Barack Obama.
The ad buy totals $106,800 and will run May 31 through June 13 on cable and broadcast TV in Metro Detroit, the campaign said. It features a video clip of Obama from an October 2018 campaign rally for Michigan Democrats at Cass Tech High School, when Stevens was running for Congress for the first time in a historically Republican district in suburban Detroit.
“And Haley Stevens, by the way, she was there. She was a critical part of my team that helped the American auto industry come roaring back,” Obama said at the 2018 rally.
Stevens, who is seeking a third term, has campaigned for the U.S. House in part on her experience as chief of staff of the U.S. Treasury task force that planned and oversaw the financial bailout and bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors from 2009-11.
Stevens of Waterford Township is in a heated Democratic primary against a colleague, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin of Bloomfield Township, for the House seat representing the new 11th District. The Democratic-leaning district covers Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield Township and Pontiac.
It’s the first member-on-member primary in Michigan since the last redistricting cycle a decade ago and one of just a handful of incumbent-on-incumbent congressional primaries across the country this election cycle.
Stevens in the 30-second ad speaks to the camera from inside the Ironworkers Local 25’s training facility in Wixom, saying her time on the auto task force taught her to “never bet against Michigan manufacturers” and saying she is working with manufacturers in office to “lead our country to its next recovery.”
Levin, a former union organizer also seeking a third term, is also planning to go on the air later this week with a $91,000 buy for a 30-second advertisement that will air June 1-6, his campaign said.
His spot, shared Sunday with The Detroit News, stresses his support for pro-choice policies, Medicare for All and legislation to lower prescription drug costs.
“Only Levin is unbought by corporate PAC money,” the narrator says, a reference to Levin’s pledge two weeks ago to no longer take donations from corporate political action committees.
Levin and Stevens faced off at Oakland University in their second debate last week, trading barbs on topics including prescription drugs, abortion access, unionization efforts, endorsements and corporate donors.
Stevens outraised Levin last quarter, reporting $1.1 million in receipts and nearly $2.8 million in cash reserves as of March 31. Levin brought in $767,268 in the first three months of the year and ended the quarter with $1.47 million in the bank.