A Democrat running for the House on the Texas-Mexico border is running the first television ad of the year criticizing PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S plan for a border wall -- and tying the GOP incumbent to the president.

-- THE AD IS A NEAT ENCAPSULATION OF a pair of themes Democrats are trying to capitalize on in 2018. They'll attempt to use Trump policies -- in this case, the wall -- as a political cudgel in a tough district. And they are seeking to boost candidates with strong, and at times nonpartisan, resumes and personal stories. For example, JAY HULINGS, a former federal prosecutor, says in his ad that he "fought the drug cartels and put corrupt politicians from both parties in jail."

-- HULINGS, who is running against REP. WILL HURD (R-TEXAS) in a competitive south Texas district, says in the ad that Trump wants "$18 billion for another border wall. No way. ... We know what our families need. And it's not fear or walls. It's education and jobs ... I'm running for Congress to stop Donald Trump from destroying the American dream."

The spot is running in Spanish and English. In English http://bit.ly/2npC1Mp

... In Spanish http://bit.ly/2BEP9Co