Maybe This Wasn’t the Right Time for a Political Ad Featuring a Plane Flying by Buildings


The almost-panicking Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an attack ad today against Bob Turner, the momentum-gaining Republican candidate for Anthony Weiner’s empty Senate seat. The TV spots cost the committee $500,000, and yet no one piped up to say, “Hey, with the tenth anniversary of September 11 just around the corner, perhaps we should leave out the cartoon shots of a plane flying really close to the New York City skyline?” A few observers raised that very point once the ad was released on YouTube, and not two hours later, the first version of the clip was deleted in favor of one in which clouds replace the buildings. We called the DCCC for comment about their hasty adjustment, but the office has closed for the day. Tellingly, the voice mail for their press office is full.

Anti-Bob Turner Ad Featuring Airplane Ominously Buzzing Manhattan: Slightly Terrorist-y? [NYO]
Three days before 9/11, the DCCC runs a Bob-Turner-is-rich ad showing a plane buzzing the Manhattan skyline [Capital New York]