Washington – Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, began airing the first campaign ad in his race for re-election Monday, stressing his work to protect Navy contracts for a major employer in his district, Electric Boat.

A 30-second television spot cites the Navy Times newspaper as saying Electric Boat has “the largest shipbuilding contract in U.S. Navy history.”

The ad also says Courtney helped protect the Naval Submarine Base, New London, from any new round of base closures by winning “critical investments” for the facility.

The ad also knocks other lawmakers for getting little done in a do-nothing Congress. “The rest of them never seem to get much done,” it says. ”But right here at home, Joe Courtney does.”

The Courtney campaign also began airing a radio commercial Monday with the same message.

Courtney faces Republican challenger Lori Hopkins- Cavanagh, Green Party candidate Bill Clyde, and Libertarian Dan Reale.

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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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