Kirk Schuring has gone on record twice denouncing outside groups that buy ads trying to influence voters in the 16th Congressional District.
Freedom's Watch bought radio advertising last week in Stark County, using the spots to attack Schuring's opponent, Democrat John Boccieri, on the subject of gas prices.
"These types of ads do not advance the debate in the 16th district. They do more harm than good, and are not reflective of the mood of the men and women who comprise our district," Schuring said.
Schuring said these ads "only muddy the water. They do not add to the public discourse that candidates seeking office need to have with the voters they want to represent."
Schuring, R-Jackson Township, called on Boccieri to join him in denouncing the ads.
"I believe my opponent and I can articulate our positions clearly and effectively without outside special-interest groups being a part of the process. I'm certainly a strong supporter of The First Amendment, but groups like these do not contribute to healthy community conversation."