U.S. Rep. James Maloney accused his election opponent, U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, of lying to voters in a campaign ad that promotes her record and claims Maloney has done little in Congress.

Johnson’s campaign shot back that the ad is truthful and said that Maloney is “getting desperate” in his effort to unseat the 20-year incumbent.

The ad, which started airing this week on all four Connecticut broadcast networks and some cable channels, states that Johnson, the Republican, “wrote 23 bills that were signed into law” since 1997.

The ad also states that Maloney, a three-term Democrat, has written only one bill that was signed by the president.

Maloney claimed that Johnson unfairly omitted his bills, while giving herself credit for many initiatives that made it into law through other bills.

“It really is an attempt to defraud the voters,” Maloney said.

–Associated Press