Bush-backing Super PAC opens TN TV advertising

Right to Rise, a Super PAC that supports Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, has made what may be the first TV ad by for the March 1 Tennessee presidential preference primary, according to The Tennessean.

The PAC has reserved commercial slots totaling $173,975 in the Nashville area to air ads on both WTVF-TV and WKRN-TV from Feb. 9 through Feb. 29.

Dollar figures are according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission on Friday. The wave of ads in Nashville is part of what Right to Rise USA spokesman Paul Lindsay says will be more than $1 million spent by the pro-Bush Super PAC in Tennessee on TV ads over the three weeks ahead of Election Day on March 1. He said the plan is for TV ads to total $258,360 in Nashville overall.

“March 1 states like Tennessee are the front end of what will be a very long Republican primary process,” Lindsay said in an email to The Tennessean. “We’re in it for the long haul, and we think Jeb’s conservative record and vision are a good fit for Tennessee.”

Tennessee’s Republican primary is part of a so-called “SEC Primary” on March 1 that includes multiple southern states. Early voting in Tennessee begins Feb. 10.

Though several Republican candidates have campaigned in Middle Tennessee, no candidate in either party has aired television commercials in Nashville. Instead, campaigns have spent most of their resources in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. The Bush Super PAC is the first entity — political action committee or candidate — to make ad purchases in the Middle Tennessee media market. More will likely soon follow.