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Should they pull the ad?

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The family of the late Robert C. Byrd blasted the GOP nominee for his U.S. Senate seat Sunday after he used an image from Byrd's memorial service in a TV ad attacking the Democratic nominee.

The ad by Republican John Raese's campaign seeks to link President Barack Obama to Gov. Joe Manchin by displaying an image of the two Democrats at the state Capitol ceremony marking Byrd's June 28 death.

Raese and Manchin are running in a special election for what remains of Byrd's term. Byrd was history's longest-serving member of Congress when he died at 92.

Raese's campaign manager, Jim Dornan, defended the use of the image.

"That's a stock photo. We had no idea it was from the memorial service," he said.
This is a tasteless and insensitive act by Mr. Raese," said a statement by the family of Byrd, who was also a Democrat.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:28 AM on Sep. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (28)
  • If the family wants it pulled, he should respect their wishes and pull it.


    Answer by mommom2000 at 11:34 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Was this an image from his funeral service or was it from an event at the capitol? From the description, the picture was taken on government property when a bunch of politicians were gathered. That's a far cry from taking a picture from the church or cemetery.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:35 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • can you tell from the photo it's the memorial service? i don't see the pic for judgment. If you can't, the campaign really can't be faulted. However, it would be thoughtful for them to see if they can redo the ad.

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:36 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • can you tell from the photo it's the memorial service?

    That's what I'm wondering - I can't imagine anyone picking an image that was obviously from a funeral/wake for any kind of campaign ad, period. I'm thinking this is more along the lines of one of those events where all the big names gather for a photo op and someone issues a proclamation declaring it "official whoever day", then they all have lunch with lobbyists.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:39 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Was the picture of John John saluting his father's casket too icky for you? Grow up. Death is a part of life. Get over it! Let the people of the district decide. Do you even live there?

    Answer by LoveMyDog at 11:39 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Does this mean that you now believe we also should respect the families of the victims of 9/11 and not build the mosque near ground zero?

    Some might find funding for the NY ctr coming from similar foreign backers who also financed 9-11 terrorists disrespectful...  Just say'n...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:22 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • If the pic was from a government/public locale~ It's fair game. If it was taken from a PRIVATE family directed function, poor taste.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:23 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • LOL nates

    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:34 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • So where is the pic? It doesn't say anything about Byrd and I don't think there was a picture of a casket. It wasn't even in a funeral home, it was at the Capitol ceremony. Like the guy said it was a stock photo. They are used all the time.
    I suppose they could be nice and remove the ad but I think there is a bit more than just disgust of the photo by the Byrd family.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:40 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • I know there's no love in war or politics, but seriously. This is extremely low class. Just out of respect for the family they should pull it. Common decency should be more important in our country.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 11:37 AM on Sep. 7, 2010