Washington – Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, showcased the power of incumbency in the first television ad of her campaign.

The 30-second spot shows features a Vietnam War veteran, Tom Campbell of Danbury, who had stopped receiving his Social Security benefits. He said he was at risk of losing his home until Esty stepped in and helped him win back his benefits.

“Elizabeth Esty cut through the red tape and fixed the problem,” Campbell said. “ Elizabeth got things done, and she got it done quick. She cares a lot about veterans, and she makes you feel like you’re part of her family. I don’t know where I’d be without her.”

The ad, which is running in the Hartford media market, makes no mention of her main challenger, Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg, a Republican.

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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