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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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.