Congressional hopeful Genevieve Collins on Wednesday unleashed a television ad that casts incumbent Rep. Colin Allred as a pawn of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The commercial begins with Allred discussing how he will be an independent voice for District 32, which includes parts of eastern and northern Dallas County. Then Collins, shown looking at the Allred clip on her computer, says the Democrat has voted with Pelosi “100% of the time.”
“That was Colin Allred in 2018. Unfortunately, he broke that promise as soon as he got to Congress,” Collins says in the ad. “Voting with Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time. Even for higher taxes and refusing to sanction Communist China. I’m not a politician. I’m a businesswoman who knows how to innovate, solve problems, and get people back to work. And that’s exactly what I’ll do.”
But Allred said Wednesday that he has put the district first, not partisan politics.
“It has been the honor of my life to represent the district where I was born and raised, and I will always put North Texas first,” Allred told The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. “Whether it’s bringing COVID-19 relief to small businesses, working with the administration to pass the USMCA trade agreement, or opening a new VA hospital in Garland, I have consistently worked with both parties to achieve results, and that’s why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given me a 95% bipartisanship score and endorsed my campaign.”
Allred, a freshman lawmaker, has worked with Republicans across the aisle on issues, and was invited to the White House as part of a panel to discuss paid family leave. Allred’s paid family leave legislation was mentioned by President Donald Trump at his February State of the Union address.
“I call on the Congress to pass the bipartisan Advancing Support for Working Families Act, extending family leave to mothers and fathers all across our nation,” Trump said, without mentioning Allred by name.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Allred, as well as giving him the Spirit of Enterprise award.
But Collins, who was an executive at her family’s education tech company until leaving to focus on her campaign, has focused on Allred’s support of Pelosi. The speaker, as with others in the past, has missed the vast majority of House votes. Allred has voted with her on the votes that she’s taken. Allred also supported the impeachment of Trump.
“He’s voted with Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time, he’s advocated time and time again for raising taxes and he can’t even vote to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for their cyberattacks on American companies researching the cure for COVID-19,” the Dallas Republican said. “Americans are tired of politicians who say one thing in their district and do another in Washington.”
As Collins attacks Allred for his support of Pelosi, Democrats are preparing to criticize Collins for her support of Trump.
On Lone Star Politics, a political show produced by KXAS (NBC5) and The News, Collins addressed the Trump question.
“It’s important for my district to know that I’m trying to run and represent myself,” she said. “I’m not going to agree with anyone 100% of the time. That administration knows how to create millions of jobs.”