DeWine Pulls Ad That Made False Claim, But RNC Will Continue Running Its Version
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) has pulled an advertisement that his campaign agrees made a false claim about his Democratic opponent, Rep. Sherrod Brown. Sadly, an ad from the Republican National Committee making a similar false claim is still running.
In the DeWine ad, an elderly woman tells Brown "I just don't trust you" because "you didn't pay your outstanding tax bill for 12 years."
But within hours, state officials confirmed that Brown's congressional campaign settled a delinquent $1,800 unemployment tax bill in 1994, four months after it was filed.
The RNC ad accused Brown of not paying unemployment taxes for 13 years (because, if you're going to lie, then lie.) Sadly, RNC spokesman Aaron McLear issued a statement saying that the RNC would continue to air its ad.
So in Ohio, the RNC will continue to run an ad it knows is false, seemingly against the wishes of their candidate. And in nearby Tennessee, the RNC is running an ad against Democrat Harold Ford Jr. that was described as "tacky" and "over the top" by Republican Senate Candidate Bob Corker's campaign, which is asking that the ad be dropped.
The RNC is desperate for votes, and scared that the Democrats are going to regain control of the Senate. And that combination, sadly, means it will air false or misleading ads.