A new political ad is drawing criticism because it shows the video of an ISIS terrorist with American journalist James Foley right before his reported beheading. Javelina partner Catherine Alonzo talks on Wendy Rogers’ controversial campaign ad.
It was a gruesome video, and one that James Foley’s family begged people not to watch. It showed ISIS terrorists apparently beheading the American hostage over U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Now a clip has made its way into a new GOP political ad in the fight over Congressional District 9.
The 30-second ad was released Monday on retired Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers’ YouTube page. In a press release, her campaign said it’s Rogers’ first attack ad against incumbent Kyrsten Sinema, saying she has made a mockery of our national security with her weak record.
But one campaign consultant tells us the mockery is using this recent tragedy for political gain.
“Talking about things that are in people’s mind and talking about important issues isn’t a no-go area,” Catherine Alonzo said. “You have to do it in a sensitive way, and in a way that respects what’s going on and respects the people involved.”
We reached out to Rogers on Monday but have not heard back.
Her opponent, Sinema, came under fire in May for using the Veterans Affairs scandal to elicit donations. She apologized shortly thereafter.
Reprinted from CBS 5. Lindsey Reiser reporting for CBS 5. Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. Read the original story here.