The Washington Times - November 26, 2013, 09:38AM

Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas gets a little help from mom in a holiday-themed campaign ad aimed at boosting his credentials ahead of his 2014 bid for the Senate.

Mr. Cotton, 36, is a Republican taking on incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

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In the new TV spot, his mother Avis touts his military service while sitting in front of a cozy indoor Christmas scene.

“Tom has a passion to serve our country,” she says. “After Harvard, he gave up a great career to volunteer for the Army. They offered to make him a military lawyer, but Tom insisted on the infantry.”

“We need people in Washington who do the hard things,” she adds. “That’s the only way to make things right.”