Saturday, April 22, 2006

NRCC Swift Boaters Continue to Lie

The San Diego Union Tribune asks some questions of Republican leaders regarding their most recent attack ad aimed at Democrat Francine Busby. Apparently, this ad, which contains nothing but distortions and outright factual errors was never seen by anyone in a leadership position at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The ad contains the legally required written and verbal disclaimers saying, “The National Republican Congressional Committee is responsible for the content of this advertisement.”

But committee press secretary Jonathan Collegio said he didn't know anything about it and couldn't reach anyone who did.

“I haven't been able to get anyone on the phone,” Collegio said last night by e-mail. “Not having seen the ad, I won't be able to comment. I wish I could be of more help.”

Claims of ignorance extend to Busby's Republican opponent Brian Bilbray. Bilbray, the beneficiary of $800,000 being spent by the NRCC for ads attacking Busby says he hasn't seen the ad.
Asked if he approved of the tenor of the ad, Bilbray said he couldn't comment because he hadn't seen it. But he said he opposes all campaign spending by parties other than the candidates themselves.
Does that mean that Bilbray is going to ask his friends over at the NRCC to stop running attack ads in his behalf?

Stay tuned.