VA TV station won’t air GOP ad against Dem. Congressman who voted for energy bill

Remember last week how House GOP leader John Boehner had a tantrum during the debate on the energy bill, trying to filibuster the legislation? Well, that bill has sent the GOP over the deep end. The House Republican’s political arm planned to run ads against Democrats who voted for the bill (although eight Republicans voted for it, too). But, an ad set to run against freshmen Tom Perriello (D-VA) was refused by a Roanoke, VA TV station:

Congressional Republicans were dealt a setback Thursday in their attempt to punish Democrats in swing districts for voting for climate change legislation in the House last week.

WDBJ-TV, a Roanoke television station, will not air a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) ad attacking freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), citing factual inaccuracies, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee communications director Jen Crider. A source familiar with the station’s decision confirmed Crider’s account; WDBJ general manager Jeff Marks confirmed that the ad would not run, but declined to say why.

“The ad is not running, be we have not characterized why that is,” said Marks. “We don’t characterize why an ad is not running. We looked into the complaints [from national Democrats], but other than saying that, you really need to find out from the NRCC.”

And, as this Huffington Post article noted,

the nonpartisan organization FactCheck.org called the ad “wrong.”

Everything the GOP does these days is wrong.


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