New TV Ad: While ISIS Grew, Sen. Hagan Did Cocktails

Wilmington, N.C. – Tomorrow, the Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate campaign will begin airing a new television ad titled “Cocktails,” which highlights the fact that Sen. Kay Hagan skipped a classified hearing on current and future threats to national security in order to attend a cocktail fundraiser in New York City.

Hagan’s campaign spent weeks attempting to cover-up the whereabouts of Sen. Hagan on February 27, repeatedly refusing to answer questions about whether she skipped a classified national security hearing to attend a New York City fundraiser.  The campaign finally admitted to the Associated Press today that Hagan prioritized her political career over our national security.

  • “Hagan said in a post-debate news conference Tuesday that she missed an Armed Services hearing when it was postponed after some Senate votes were scheduled. Hagan’s campaign confirmed Wednesday the hearing occurred Feb. 27. The Armed Services Committee held a closed hearing that afternoon on ‘current and future worldwide threats’ to national security. Hagan’s campaign scheduled a cocktail reception at a New York apartment that evening.” [Associated Press, 10/9/14]

In addition to missing a classified national security briefing to attend a cocktail fundraiser, Sen. Hagan has skipped 27 out of 50 Armed Services Committee open hearings over the last two years, one of the worst attendance records on the committee.

Today, Tillis for U.S. Senate campaign manager Jordan Shaw issued the following statement:

“It’s absolutely unacceptable that instead of doing her job and attending classified hearings on our national security, Sen. Hagan was at a cocktail fundraiser in New York City. President Obama and Sen. Hagan’s failed foreign policy resulted in the creation of the Islamic State, and they continue to lead from behind. North Carolina deserves a senator like Thom Tillis who will stand up to President Obama’s failed foreign policy to keep our nation safe and secure.”


VO: In January, President Obama refers to the Islamic State as a “jayvee team.”

Days later, the Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on new global threats.

Senator Kay Hagan? Absent.

Hagan’s missed half the Armed Services Committee hearings this year.

In fact, Hagan admits she prioritized a cocktail party to benefit her campaign.

While ISIS grew, Obama did nothing. Senator Hagan did cocktails.

To change policy, change your senator.

THOM TILLIS: I’m Thom Tillis, I approve this message.