Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New ad: Mr. Blunt, you are Washington at its worst

(From VoteVets)

VoteVets PAC and AFSCME are going up with a statewide television ad, today, featuring an Afghanistan veteran from Wentzville, MO, Ryan Hector. The ad will run on cable and broadcast television, across the state at a total cost of $1.5 million, over two weeks.

The VoteVets version of the ad can be viewed here:

The AFSCME version of the ad can be viewed here:

In the ad, Hector says, “I served as a combat infantryman in the US Army. A lot of guys volunteered after 9/11. Jason Kander was one of them. Here’s what Roy Blunt did after 9/11. He snuck a provision into a homeland security bill to help a tobacco company. His wife and son were lobbyists for that company. And executives there gave him tens of thousands of dollars. Senator Blunt…Jason Kander is America at its best. But you…you’re Washington at its worst.”

The charges in the ad are true.

In 2003, CBS News reported, “House Majority Whip Roy Blunt is coming under fire for trying to help tobacco giant Philip Morris USA in last November’s homeland security bill. The Washington Post reports that just days after he was named to the House’s third-highest leadership post, Blunt – who has close personal and political ties to Phillip Morris – tried to slip a pro-tobacco provision into the bill creating the new Department of Homeland Security.” [CBS News, 6/12/03]

And Politifact confirmed that leading up to the vote, Senator Blunt received $23,000 from tobacco executives. [Politifact, 10/5/10]

Founded in 2006, the mission of Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support's core mission and beliefs. The PAC has endorsed Kander for Senate.

AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services, and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So Blunt is a bought-and-paid-for elected representative? In related news, dog bites man.