According to a release from the Parker Griffith campaign, television station WAAY, Huntsville’s ABC affiliate, has pulled down ads from both the NRCC and Freedom’s Watch for being misleading.
Here is the full text of the release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2008
Contact: Sean Magers
WAAY Pulls Down Misleading Ads by Two Outside Groups
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – – Local Huntsville station WAAY 31 today pulled misleading attack ads by both the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the shadow group Freedom’s Watch from the air, after it was determined that the smears were misleading and false.
Both national groups tried to continue their smear campaigns against Parker Griffith by attempting to mislead people about comments made at a Baptist Association forum about the threat of Radical Islam. Mr. David Carpenter, the moderator of the Colbert/Lauderdale Baptist Association Forum where the remark was made, has already called these attacks “unfortunate” and said they “misrepresented the truth”.
“I was the moderator for the Colbert/Lauderdale Baptist Association Forum on September 15th and I am shocked by the misuse of this quote from that event. I sat right between Wayne Parker and Dr. Griffith during the program and thought both did an excellent job discussing issues of faith and their views. The response that is being used against Parker Griffith was part of his comment in a longer discussion of whether radical Islam was a threat to our Christian faith. I was there when he said these quotes and can tell you that they have been taken out of context and it is unfortunate that anyone would misrepresent the truth in this way,” said Carpenter.
Griffith expressed disappointment that the Wayne Parker campaign and his allies would continue to sling mud and use lies, instead of talking about the economy and other issues that matter to North Alabama families.
“Once again, these outside groups are trying to mislead the people of Alabama, and once again our local stations won’t let them get away with it,” said Griffith. “These national groups should know by now that we don’t take kindly to liars in North Alabama.”
Griffith also explained the context of his comments and did not back down from his comments on the importance of strong Christian faith. “This quote was part of a discussion of whether or not radical Islam was a threat to our Christian beliefs. Obviously, radical Islam, the violence it encourages and those nations that support it is a threat to our national security that must be faced aggressively. I said it at the forum and I will say it again that if we are strong in our Christian faith and true to our values we won’t let Radical Islam destroy our principles and our way of life.”
The NRCC attacks were already pulled from the air once before because of they were so misleading. This time, attack ads from Freedom’s Watch, a shadow group founded by a Las Vegas casino baron and criticized by the Alabama Christian Coalition, also had their misleading attacks yanked down from the airwaves.
Parker Griffith is running as a pro-defense, pro-life Democrat that will follow in the tradition of Bud Cramer’s independent leadership.
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