Colorado Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea promises to “support the police and military,” in a television ad that featured footage of a half-dozen planes flying in formation against a backdrop of fluffy, white clouds.
Only, those weren’t American planes. Three experts on military aviation, after viewing the ad, concluded independently that the aircraft used in the ad by a Republican vying to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet are a mix of Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets — possibly flying in a Russian military parade.
“100 percent Russian,” Jeremiah Gertler, senior analyst at the Teal Group aerospace consultancy, said in an email.
The image, which appears for less than a second in the 30-second ad after a picture of a woman in a police uniform, is identical to one posted on the stock photography website Shutterstock, a common source of images in political ads.
That could mean it was an inadvertent error, but it still could open O’Dea to attacks as he attempts to win the GOP nomination for what Republicans hope to make one of the most competitive races in the country.
Along with a series of tweets in which O’Dea praised Ukraine’s president and supportively retweeted Republican senators, including Nebraska’s Ben Sasse and Utah’s Mitt Romney, an O’Dea campaign strategist, Zack Roday, sent a statement that admitted the image was used in error and denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin….
I’m gonna dd another stupid Republican to todays post…
Remeber all the noise Rep. Greene was making about sexual misconduct and Democrats?
North Dakota state Sen. Ray Holmberg (R) announced that he will resign from the state Legislature following a report that he exchanged 72 text messages with a man accused of child pornography crimes, the Fargo Forum reports.
Holmberg was North Dakota’s longest-serving state senator.