Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 | 5:02 p.m.
Rep. Dina Titus' first official TV ad hits the airwaves Tuesday, and it focuses on an issue many residents in Congressional District 3 are facing: foreclosure.
More than 70 percent of homeowners in CD3 are upside down on their mortgages, making the district the hardest hit in the nation.
Titus, a Democrat, has made the foreclosure crisis the top priority, and she features several families who faced -- and staved off -- foreclosure in her ad.
"I made over 100 calls to the bank, but Dina made them listen to us," Marisol Repko tells the camera.
"Dina helped us renegotiate our loan," Cate Costanzo explains.
"And she saved our home," Chatauna Robinson says.
Titus has lobbied for homeowner relief, delivering floor speeches, arranging workshops to help homeowners negotiate with banks and pushing President Barack Obama to better target aid for Nevada. Titus recently secured $136 million to help unemployed state residents buy down their mortgages, and she estimates her office is working on 1,000 more foreclosure cases.
"It's tough in Nevada," Titus said Monday. "Anything we can do to help people in their daily lives, that's our job."
As for the ad, Titus said she wanted to highlight the constituent services she offers and show people that she cares. She would not say how much she planned to spend airing the commercial.
Republicans responded by blaming Titus and the Democrats for ballooning foreclosure and unemployment rates.