Skip to comments.Sen. Byrd's family denounces campaign attack ad (ex-klan member maybe still eligible to vote)
Posted on 09/05/2010 8:35:55 PM PDT by Libloather
Sen. Byrd's family denounces campaign attack ad
By Lawrence Messina, Associated Press Writer
Sun Sep 5, 5:41 pm ET
CHARLESTON, W.Va. The family of the late Robert C. Byrd blasted the GOP nominee for his U.S. Senate seat Sunday after he used an image from Byrd's memorial service in a TV ad attacking the Democratic nominee.
The ad by Republican John Raese's campaign seeks to link President Barack Obama to Gov. Joe Manchin by displaying an image of the two Democrats at the state Capitol ceremony marking Byrd's June 28 death.
Raese and Manchin are running in a special election for what remains of Byrd's term. Byrd was history's longest-serving member of Congress when he died at 92.
Raese's campaign manager, Jim Dornan, defended the use of the image.
"That's a stock photo. We had no idea it was from the memorial service," he said.
But Byrd's family called for the campaign to withdraw the ad.
"This is a tasteless and insensitive act by Mr. Raese," said a statement by the family of Byrd, who was also a Democrat. "His act is insulting to the memory of Robert Byrd and should have no place in a West Virginia political campaign."
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From the AP - 7/06/10 -
ARLINGTON, Va. Family, friends and employees went to the nation's most hallowed burial grounds Tuesday to bid farewell to Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
I think I agree with the Byrd family. Using a picture from the funeral is in bad taste.
It’s too bad we apparently don’t have any pictures of Meacham campaigning with Obama in 2008, but this is exploitive, using the two of them meeting at a funeral.
Insulting? What a joke.
Brilliant. Such a photo will now get five times the exposure it would have received just as a tv commercial. It’s the optics, people.
It’s fair game!
How many times was Byrd INSENSITIVE to others?
I lost count.
Manchin and 0bama were there to pull the White Sheet over Byrd’s head for the last time.
Would they rather a photo of Byrd in his KKK robe be used?
Is this the picture that was used in the ad?
Election year garbage from the Byrd family.
Manchin is only six points ahead of the GOP candidate in West Virginia.
The “Ocomony” could take a very strong Democrat Senate candidate down in West Virginia.
That’s what drives this situation.
No, it isn’t the pic. The pic is just a pic of the dem candidate sitting and laughing with Obama. You can’t tell where the pic was taken at all. The candidate had to tell the Byrd family about it because they didn’t even realize it was from the service.
No, Bob Byrd insulted the memory of Robert Byrd bu his own actions
Was Byrd’s KKK recruiting and the cross burnings and lynchings that were a result of his recruiting efforts insensitive? And how come we’ve never heard about whether he burned any crosses or lynched any blacks as a Klansman?
I’ll bet if Obama was popular, the Byrd family wouldn’t object to Gov. Manchin using that photo in a campaign ad.
Thanks. I found the ad and no way can you tell this was from the service.
Thanks for posting. I watched it and see nothing wrong with it.
The family should be mad that odumbo and Joe are laughing it up in the pix
The fact that this POS KKK member democrat senator had a military honor guard is in bad taste, and insulting.
could someone please post a link to pic.
If I was the Republican candidate for West Virginia, I would not use the picture of anything Senator Byrd. Didn’t this guy get elected and reelected numerous times? Why remind voters of a candidate that they love? I would rather not have a candidate that the voter’s voted for. I am sure there are other ways to run commercials. Doesn’t this help the Democrat????
In fact, they should re-post the ad twice a day, every day, each time replacing the picture they had with ANOTHER picture of Manchin buddying up to Obama.
I still think it is in poor taste to use a picture from a funeral, but now I know it wasn't exploitive (thinking they could only get such a picture because of the funeral).
That’s a good add.
I agree. There's absolutely no indication in the picture as to where or when it was taken.