New ad compares Obama, congressman to Rob Ford
December 2nd, 2013
12:06 PM ET
5 months ago

New ad compares Obama, congressman to Rob Ford

Updated 2:09 p.m. ET, 12/2/2013

(CNN) - A Republican congressional candidate in New York released a new ad Monday that lumps President Barack Obama and incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in the same category as Rob Ford, the embroiled mayor of Toronto who admitted to using crack cocaine.

"Tired of politicians?" the ad's narrators asks, as the screen features side-by-side images of Bishop, Obama and Ford.

"Then look at George Demos. He's not a politician," the narrator continues, referring to the GOP congressional candidate.

Demos, a former federal prosecutor for the Securities and Exchange Commission, is running for the GOP nomination to challenge six-term Bishop in New York's 1st Congressional District, which covers the eastern end of Long Island.

Demos also ran for the seat in 2010, but lost in a crowded Republican primary. He announced another bid in the 2012 cycle but dropped out of the race before the primary.

Bishop declined to comment on the ad.

Rob Cole, an adviser to the Demos campaign, said the ad doesn't exactly compare Obama and Bishop to Ford.

"I wouldn't say that we're comparing them...We're just saying these three people are politicians," he said. "I just think people are fed up with politicians, and that's the point."

He bemoaned "corruption in politics" and pointed to a House Ethics Committee investigation of Bishop. The congressman has been under fire for allegedly soliciting a $5,000 campaign donation from a supporter in return for helping the supporter's family get a permit to set off fireworks at their son's bar mitzvah celebration.

In July, Bishop said, "I welcome a fair-minded review of the facts because I have done nothing wrong."

The New York Observer first reported the ad.


Filed under: New York • President Obama
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. ARMYCSM

    Will not work. What we are tired of is politicians like two time loser George Demos attempting to secure his seat on the ship of fools with ads like these. George, people just don't like you. Hint: Drop out before the 2014 cycle.

    December 2, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Ironic (more like extremely hypocritical) of him to compare Dems to a conservative alcoholic cokehead so soon after an alcoholic teabag toddler got busted making a coke purchase on a D.C. street a mere nine months after he got elected! Honestly, if ANYONE should be campared to rob ford, it should be that guy – or the drunken crybaby holding court in the U.S. House of Representatives, and lucky for Dems, this ad just glaringly reminds Americans of that!

    December 2, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Pam from Iowa

    boy, this guy must be running scared to use ads like that.......

    December 2, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Thomas

    See those guys? Politicians. See our politician? Not a politician. Brilliant.

    December 2, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Real classy isn't it?

    December 2, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Demos, a former federal prosecutor for the Securities and Exchange Commission
    ---------------------------------------------
    Oh yeah!?!? Just how many Wall St. executives did he prosecute? This guy's fraud.

    December 2, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    I don't think it was a Dem who just got busted for possession of cocaine down Florida way.

    But what do expect from a republicant ad.... with the exception of the 'I'm not witch' gal, when was the last time there was a non negative commercial from the righties?

    December 2, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Rep. Bishop & Pres. Obama are democrats. However, he puts CONSERVATIVE Tom Ford in the same category. If he's tired of politicians within HIS party/ideology, he should have had an ad of Rob Ford, Trey Radel & Boehner. They all seem to have a drinking problem.

    December 2, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    GOP is busted to cocaine possession recently. Forgot, Bush got conflated from India to Pakistan under drugs, forgot? Nasty animals want to grab power, GOP is gone to dogs. No fool elect these Rethuglican thugs any more.. Ted Cruz shut down drained 34 billion dollars. Forgot? Idiots. Yes, ACA is a Law, put up or shut up.

    December 2, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. O'drama ya Mama

    Translation:

    "Not a fan of politicians? Then help turn me into one by voting for me!"

    December 2, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    There is no depth to which the rigtht wing will sink. Apparently, they're very familiar with the territory. I'd bet that someone thought that they were being so clever. Well, this is just plain detestable. To think, someone actually believes that Americans would want the creative mind behind this running our government. Apparently some do, and some of them have gotten elected to Congress.

    December 2, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Middle school hijinx from the no nothing GOP.

    December 2, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. jinx9to88

    Maybe this idiot should have compared his fellow congressman from Florida that was busted back on 10/29 for buying cocaine from a under cover cop and now he is in rehab. Then again its the GOP whats new.

    December 2, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "look at George Demos. He's not a politician"

    You can tell just by looking? Interesting. Is this how the GOP/Teatrolls knew they didn't want to vote for Obama and want him and everything he does destroyed...just by looking? /wink

    December 2, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Cal

    Wow. GOP have gone off the rails again. They are so negative and have nothing positive to say about anyone or anything. It is a party that has no soul.

    December 2, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Samir

    I don't understand the big deal in American politics about doing cocaine. Both Obama and Ford did it, and apparently this other guy is corrupt. It seems that's a perfectly reasonable comparison to make. What am I missing?

    December 2, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. barryinlasvegas

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    For insurers the process is maddeningly inconsistent. Some people clearly are being enrolled. But insurers say they are still getting duplicate files and, more worrisome, sometimes not receiving information on every enrollment taking place.
    “Health plans can’t process enrollments they don’t receive,” said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans.

    December 2, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. rs

    So the GOP is going for full-court fantasy? I mean they've been largely fact free of late (ending diplomatic ties to the Vatican; Obama as only president to miss Gettysburg celebration; virtually everything they have said about the ACA, etc), but there seems to be a much greater sense of fiction involved here.

    December 2, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. just saying

    Sniffit
    ---
    "look at George Demos. He's not a politician"
    ---
    You can tell just by looking? Interesting. Is this how the GOP/Teatrolls knew they didn't want to vote for Obama and want him and everything he does destroyed...just by looking? /wink
    ---

    very easy... he's a far left democrat looking to spread the wealth around, and he doesn't mean his wealth but that of others. can't you understand most american people don't want a socialist/communist state here? if there is a color associated with obama at this point it is red, not black.

    December 2, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    Samir

    I don't understand the big deal in American politics about doing cocaine. Both Obama and Ford did it, and apparently this other guy is corrupt. It seems that's a perfectly reasonable comparison to make. What am I missing?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except President Obama USED to use back when coke was, as Time Magazine touted on their cover, "good for you". rob ford OTOH, a staunch conservative BTW, STILL USES – just like that alcoholic rethug/teabag toddler from Florida who got busted in D.C. back in October.

    December 2, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Erick Holmes

    It's a damn lie. You just wait. If he gets the office, he'll be corrupt. They all are to some degree. And the Tea Party Movements the worst.

    December 2, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. rs

    Samir

    I don't understand the big deal in American politics about doing cocaine. Both Obama and Ford did it, and apparently this other guy is corrupt. It seems that's a perfectly reasonable comparison to make. What am I missing?
    ___________________________________________
    That one is currently taking drugs as an office holder, perhaps?

    December 2, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone to dogs, their LEADER RUSH LIMBAUGH said POPE is Marxist. GOP is gone to dogs, no fool will ever vote for this third class junk Rethuglicans.

    December 2, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Dallas

    There is no depth to where the Republican/Tea Party will sink. God willing we will be rid of most of them come the election in 2014.

    December 2, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. quinLee

    clear sign of a LOSING candidate.

    December 2, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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