Both parties are panned for their attack-ad tactics. A preview of October?
Republican Brian Bilbray accuses Democrat Francine Busby of supporting “amnesty” for illegal aliens. What does that mean?
Republicans aimed more distorted attacks at Democrat Francine Busby in the June 6 special House election to fill the seat vacated by convicted GOP congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who resigned after pleading guilty to accepting bribes.
A National Republican Congressional Committee ad misleads viewers by saying Busby “could bring back the death tax,” when in fact she has publicly supported permanent repeal of the federal estate tax for years, a fact known to Republican opposition researchers.
Their ad mischaracterizes a quotation from his book and gives a one-sided description of his obstetrical malpractice bill.
An NRCC ad says Democrat Francine Busby “praised a teacher reported to have child porn,” but fails to mention she voted to fire him.
Sen. Russ Feingold’s leadership PAC sponsored an Internet video making an unfounded suggestion that President Bush is being urged to eavesdrop “on anybody who has the nerve to disagree with [him] – court order or not.”
A Democratic National Committee (DNC) radio ad claims Republicans would “criminalize…churches just for giving communion” to illegal aliens. The claim is nonsense. The House bill to which the ad refers doesn’t say that. Both the Republican sponsors of the bill and the Bush administration have made clear that’s not the bill’s intent.
The RNC mischaracterizes the Democratic stance on immigration legislation in a radio ad running in Arizona and Nevada and aimed at Hispanics. The Spanish-language ad says (as translated) that Democrats “voted to treat millions of hardworking immigrants as felons.”
The NRCC says a Democratic candidate in Ohio was investigated by the FBI. He wasn’t. But there was a state criminal probe.
A special House election features distortions on both sides.