An ad released Monday by the liberal group Justice Democrats taking aim at moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives includes a picture of a Republican with the same last name as one of the group’s targets.
Justice Democrats, founded in 2017, has angered some Democratic members of Congress for its aggressive focus on primaries to knock out moderates. Its successes include the elections of Missouri Rep. Cori Bush and New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who defeated incumbents Lacy Clay and Eliot Engel, respectively. Now, the group is targeting nine moderate Democrats who have vowed to oppose a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package unless the House first passes the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Hit With Another FEC Complaint Over Affiliation With Justice Democrats)
NEW: Progressives (@WorkingFamilies, @IndivisibleTeam, @sunrisemvmt, and Organize For Justice) launch six figure ad-buy targeting nine obstructionist Democrats blocking Biden infrastructure deal pic.twitter.com/hV8TIiNlox
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) August 23, 2021
The ad slams the group, led by New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, as “sabotaging Biden’s agenda because it would make billionaires and corporations pay their fair share.”
However, the ad shows a picture of Republican Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez as one of the “obstructionists,” mistaking him for Democratic Texas Rep. Vicente Gonzalez. Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman first pointed out the error.
>@justicedems have a new ad hitting moderate Dems for their demands on infrastructure
A rookie error. pic.twitter.com/G4E5GAWrJu
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) August 23, 2021
Anthony Gonzalez, a retired professional football player, was first elected to Congress in 2018. He is facing a primary challenge from former White House staffer Max Miller over his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.
Vicente Gonzalez, first elected in 2016, represents a district that stretches from San Antonio to the U.S.’s southern border. Along with fellow Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, he has been one of the Democrats most critical of Biden’s immigration policy.
Justice Democrats did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.