Vets group slams Musgrave in TV ad

A group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans on Tuesday unveiled a TV ad critical of 4th District Republican Marilyn Musgrave’s vote on a pay bonus for combat veterans. The 30-second spot has already been running heavily for a week on Denver channels and is part of a $1 million campaign by VoteVets.org to “[expose] the records of public officials on veterans and military issues.”

Here’s the Musgrave ad, featuring three veterans who charge Musgrave voted against a $1500 combat bonus for troops while taking $14,000 in pay raises for herself:

VoteVets.org, which claims 102,000 members nationwide, has been running an ad since mid August that questions Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer’s record on veterans issues.

Musgrave, a three-term incumbent, is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Betsy Markey. A poll last week showed Markey leading Musgrave 50-43 percent in the 4th District, which spans the northern Front Range and eastern plains.

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