As the U.S. Senate election heats up between incumbent Republican Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield, Ernst’s campaign responded to a recent endorsement her challenger received.
“While Theresa Greenfield touts an endorsement from the political group ‘NextGen,’ just a reminder that this is the same group who compared Joni Ernst to actual garbage,” Ernst campaign press secretary Melissa Deatsch said in a statement.
The Greenfield campaign has not yet publicly addressed the endorsement in any press release or on any of its social media platforms.
As an outside political spending group, NextGen legally is not allowed to communicate or coordinate with candidates for office or their campaigns, and the campaign is not permitted to communicate or coordinate with them.
A spokesperson for the Greenfield campaign declined to comment for this article.
The Ernst campaign provided a link to a May 19 Twitter thread of photos of Republican senators and trash cans sent by NextGen America, which wrote at the time in the first tweet of the thread “Republican senators as trash cans ~ a thread ~” and opened with Maine Sen. Susan Collins. Ernst was pictured fifth in the thread.
“Will Theresa Greenfield denounce this group’s sexist attack, comparing the first female combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate to actual garbage?” Deatsch said in the statement. “This doesn’t sound like ‘farm kid values.’ ”