Both candidates have spoken out about a TV commercial produced by the Principled PAC that shows Rep. Steve Scales (R-LA) being treated at the Alexandria shooting scene. Then a narrator says:
“The unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans. When will it stop? It won’t if Jon Ossoff wins on Tuesday.”
The video also shows several images and videos including Kathy Griffin holding Trump’s head. The Hill reports:
The spot then shows several images and videos including one of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed head that looks like President Trump, as well as a letter that reads “Resist the Facist takeover. String up the collaborators.”
The ad then claims “these same leftists are all for Ossoff, and if he wins, they win.”
“Stop Jon Ossoff. Stop Nancy Pelosi. Vote Karen Handel for Congress,” the narrators concludes.
Ossoff called the politicization of the shooting that injured Scalise and four others last week “disgraceful.”
“The man is fighting for his life. I think it’s disgraceful to politicize it, and I think Secretary Handel should call for it to come down,” Ossoff told a small group of reporters after a canvassing launch at his Chamblee field office.
“You have a national tragedy that has united people. There are still be who are in critical condition. It’s just got no place in an attack ad.”
A spokeswoman for Handel stopped short of demanding the ad be removed, but called the piece “disturbing and disgusting” in a release to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“For any group to use the shootings this week for political or personal benefit is shameful,” spokeswoman Kate Constantini said in a statement. “This group should be ashamed.”
The ad was released two days before the polls open Tuesday, June 20th. You can watch the video below:
Many people argue that instances like this are one reason why people dislike super packs. Why? The Principle PAC launches an ad that is highly controversial, and they have “no connection” to the campaign. Handel isn’t responsible for the ad, so she condemns it (avoids negative repercussions) meanwhile reaps whatever is gained from the ad. Frankly, I was surprised it took this long for one of the ads to come out, and the only way it could is from a super PAC for exactly this reason.
However, this is a taste of the strategy the GOP has put together for 2018, and in a close election, they get to see how it works.
Do you have a problem with this ad?
Source: Atlantic Journal Constitution