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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday released a new ad titled "Corrupt," which targets Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) for her handling of the scandal involving her now-former IT staffer, Imran Awan.
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Schultz has faced backlash in recent weeks for employing Awan, who had been under federal investigation since February for an equipment and data scam in the House; she only fired Awan after he attempted to flee the United States. He was arrested in late July at Dulles Airport in Virginia after trying to fly to his native Pakistan.
The "five-figure ad buy" starts out with a police chase, in which a police car is following another vehicle to an airport.
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"July 2017: a congressional aide to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Imran Awan, was arrested trying to flee the country," a narrator says during the police chase scene. "Instead of joining her Democratic colleagues, Schultz waited until after the arrest to fire Awan."
"Imran Awan was later charged with bank fraud and is suspected of exposing sensitive government information," the ad continues. "Rather than admitting to a scandal, Wasserman Schultz blames the arrest on racial profiling and Islamophobia."
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The ad then includes audio from Schultz's interview with the Sun Sentinel earlier this month, in which she said, "I believed that I did the right thing and I will do it again."
"Scandals, lies, and corruption. That's Debbie Wasserman Schultz," the narrator concludes.
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