FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter leaves an arraignment hearing in San Diego, after he and his wife, Margaret, pleaded not-guilty to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses. Just days after Hunter was indicted by a federal grand jury, his Democratic opponent is trying to make him pay a political price. Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar's campaign will begin airing a 30-second TV ad Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, that calls the congressman an embarrassment to the Southern California district. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Democrat blisters indicted California Rep. Hunter in TV ad

August 29, 2018 - 9:13 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just days after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was indicted by a federal grand jury, his Democratic opponent is trying to make him pay a political price.

Ammar Campa-Najjar's campaign is set to air a 30-second TV ad Thursday that calls the congressman an embarrassment to his Southern California district.

Hunter and his wife were charged last week with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to illegally finance family trips to Italy and Hawaii, golf outings, school tuition, theater tickets — even fast food purchases.

They have pleaded not guilty.

Hunter calls the charges politically motivated.

A narrator in the ad says Hunter is driven by greed and urges voters in the strongly Republican district to "put country over party" and support Campa-Najjar.