I received two copies of this ad on November 3rd, along with 12 other Republican ads.
It was produced and paid for by the Republican Party of Florida.
This ad is very hateful and divisive. Just look at these headlines:
- “GAIL GOTTLIEB – Too Liberal, Too Washington DC, Too Extreme.”
- “Gail Gottlieb, Way Out of Step with Hillsborough County.”
- “Gail Gottlieb – Way Too Liberal, Way Too Extreme, Not One Of Us!“
- “Now Gail Gottlieb is trying to bring her brand of radical chaos to Eastern Hillsborough County.”
Her brand of radical chaos???? She worked for the Peace Corps’ Small Business Development program in DC and a bunch of other public policy organizations. To what “radical chaos” are they referring? Did she start a rebel uprising or something?
Who is the “us” that they are representing? They’re not suggesting anything related to class warfare, are they? If they’re sending me an ad like this one (twice), they must think I’m one of them. I have no idea how I gave them that impression. Maybe I should make it more clear to them. Would it be effective to mail spit to their faces?
Why is there a zombie throwing a fuel can into a fire on the street across from an Occupy banner? Oh, that isn’t a zombie, it’s a guy in a what appears to be an organized group of rioters all wearing face masks and attacking the same target. Wait a minute… those are terrorists. They’re comparing the Occupy protestors to terrorists.
The ad claims that Gail worked with “the most radical and liberal organizations in America.” The “most radical and liberal organizations in America” are a union that specializes in the representation of non-supervisory federal employees in every classification and pay level in civilian agencies, a non-profit Vietnamese-American civic organization, and what they call an “Ultra-Liberal Think Tank” which is actually a non-profit firm that pulls the media, the policymakers, and the public together to discuss policy online.
It goes on to say that her “radical agenda is being bankrolled and sponsored by many of Florida’s most liberal and radical organizations:”, and lists the AFL-CIO, Florida Consumer Action Network, Sierra Club, Teamsters, and National Women’s Political Caucus.
AFL-CIO: Uh oh, a federation of unions. That is way too radical.
The Sierra Club:
Their mission statement is:
“To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”
A group of environmentalists concerned with saving the environment. That is really way too radical.
The Florida Consumer Action Network:
Their mission statement is:
“The Florida Consumer Action Network is a grassroots organization which empowers citizens to influence public policy by organizing and educating in areas where consumer voices are underrepresented.”
A group that represents disenfranchised consumers. Sounds pretty radical to me.
The National Women’s Political Caucus:
They are a national multi-partisan grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting women who seek elected and appointed offices.
A group that builds BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN and prepares them to seek elected or appointed public offices is TOO RADICAL AND LIBERAL.
That’s right… THEY EVEN FLIP-FLOPPED ON THE BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN. It’s funny because they were okay with organizations like these just a few weeks ago when it was politically convenient.
I think it’s because they discovered that women were partially filling out pages in the binders, and then tearing them out for personal or medical reasons. They didn’t want to have to pay for better security for the binders so that no unwanted papers would even be produced, let alone torn out. Instead, they made it illegal to partially fill out pages and to tear any them out of the binders for any reason, even if the life of the author is threatened. They claim that Jesus left very strict instructions on how to run a filing system in the Bible, and that every binder page is sacred.
These organizations were labeled as some of “the most radical and liberal organizations in America” on an ad that comes directly from the Republican Party of Florida that makes the Occupy protestors look like terrorists and implies that these organizations support civil unrest, contains a hateful and divisive narrative that I’d expect to see on WWE Raw, and directly lists the names of the Republican candidates running for state offices.
This isn’t what I’d expect from people who claim that they want to “work across the aisle.” They didn’t even bother to list any facts to support their claims, which is par for the course.
To me, this ad actually says:
“The Republican Party of Florida – Anti-Union, Anti-Environment, Anti-Consumer, Anti-Women.
If you’re one of those progressive radical hippie intellectuals and not a regressive anti-liberal fascist obstructionist, then you’re not one of us, and you’re WAY out of step with Hillsborough county, which is only inhabited by hateful conservative bigots according to Republican Party of Florida research, which consists of lying and saying that we did research.
Paid for by the Republican Party of Florida, which urges you to vote for Ross Spano, John Tobia, and Scott Plakon. They, too, are Anti-Union, Anti-Environment, Anti-Consumer, and Anti-Women, and they’re rich, which makes them some of our favorite people.”