August 25th, 2014
12:40 PM ET
3 months ago

Foley killer featured in Republican campaign ad

(CNN) — The masked man appears briefly, for only a frame or two, but it’s startling nonetheless.

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The not-yet-identified killer of kidnapped American photographer James Foley is featured in an ominous and risky campaign ad released Monday by New Mexico’s Republican nominee for Senate, Allen Weh, the underdog challenger to first-term Democratic Senator Tom Udall.

Weh, a Marine combat veteran and onetime New Mexico Republican Party Chairman, appears to be the first candidate this cycle to use Foley’s gruesome execution as campaign fodder, portraying the murder as one consequence of a rudderless American foreign policy mismanaged by President Obama and Udall.

Foley himself is cropped out of the web video, leaving only the stark image of the black-clad jihadist, clutching a blade in the Syrian desert.

That picture is on screen for barely two seconds second and then fades quickly into a cascade of dark Middle East scenery — including ISIS militants in Iraq and the bombing of mosques — all of it intercut with video of Obama playing golf and vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.

“To change Washington, you must change your Senator,” reads a banner at the conclusion of the ad, titled “Restore Leadership.”

Udall leads Weh by double digits in recent polling and is considered safe in his re-election bid with just over two months until Election Day.

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Despite its former swing state status and a Republican governor in office, New Mexico has drifted Democratic in federal elections over the last decade, thanks in part to its growing Hispanic population.


Filed under: 2014 • New Mexico • Tom Udall
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Disgusting and pathetic
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    But not surprising my sister.

    August 25, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. jinx9to88

    Yep I cant wait to read the GOP supporters on here try to spin this one and blame the Dems or Obama.

    August 25, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Virginia

    Disgusting................in so many ways.

    August 25, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. POLITUSIC

    Is there a level of fear-mongering that the far right will not go? Apparently not. No class, no taste, and no honor in pushing junk like that. One hopes that someday in the future the GOP will find another way besides fear and hate to motivate voters.

    August 25, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. smith

    Bad taste. Plenty of other ways to make a point about Obama and Udall`s foreign policy.

    August 25, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Ted van Tol

    Don't blame Obama. Starting the war in Iraq by GW Bush was the start of the colaps of the Midle East.
    History will learn that this is true. The USA supported first Sadam Hussein in the war against Iran, supported Taliban against Russia and supported Isis against Assad. So the USA constantly fights against her own weapons.

    August 25, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. rick

    I have not seen it. But there is a line that should never be crossed. The milking of a Mr Browns death by those wanting to continue causing trouble. This about here on this blog. It makes one sick at stomach to see or hear about these low attempts just to get a vote. Or a mention in news. The mans family is still in shock about it. Mr Browns family is burying him today. But the stirring of the crud will continue. But people will do anything to get elected.

    August 25, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Alex

    Breaking News!!! Republicans use the death of an American for their own political gain!!

    We aren't surprised by the lack of decency among these Neo-Cons. Every time an American dies overseas, you can hear the Neo-Cons rubbing their hands together, trying to figure out how they can milk it for their own benefit. They are almost giddy about it.

    August 25, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Guns Over People teatard desperation grows and grows as November looms. They'll be screaming "voter fraud" like they always do.

    August 25, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    -I bet my bottom dollar, now Americans are realizing how cruel, corrupt republicans are. They stoop so low to win any length to mess this nation and take away YOUR HEALTHCARE. Drive these GOP bums out. These idiots are disgrace to USA.

    August 25, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Dead Bear

    I don't know about anybody else on here, but I love being scared and intimidated into voting a certain way. That's it! I'm switching! Who's got a Republican party registration form handy?

    August 25, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. millerlynn777

    To try to profit from an American's horrendous death is reprehensible!!! I hope this man is chased out of the country!

    August 25, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Really???

    Apparently it worked well. It got the attention of the Liberal CNN channel and all of you. It puts in stark reality the damage this inexperienced Community Organizer has done.
    Wonder what his best golf score was? Thought you all would want to change the subject at this point.

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

    Don't see what the President's golf score has to do with anything. Unlike the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who held a press conference WHILE ON THE GOLF COURSE, President Obama spoke with the media in an appropriate setting WHILE he was on vacation, then headed to a planned event while the media followed along like a bunch of puppies. And at least it wasn't the American media shooting at the hotel where the journalists were staying as ALSO happened during the the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's eight-year reign of error

    August 25, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    The only thing that actually shocks me about it is that, in light of him being a whackjob demagogue islamaphobe Teatroll loon, I would have expected he'd just photoshop Obama's head onto the executioner's body.

    August 25, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    August 25, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm
    The only thing that actually shocks me about it is that, in light of him being a whackjob demagogue islamaphobe Teatroll loon, I would have expected he’d just photoshop Obama’s head onto the executioner’s body.

    I bet he would have loved to, but that might have been going a little too far..... Maybe.

    August 25, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "I don't know about anybody else on here, but I love being scared and intimidated into voting a certain way. That's it! I'm switching! Who's got a Republican party registration form handy?"

    You don't need one if you're white, wealthy and angry and/or fearful to the point of all-consuming irrationality. Carefully making sure of registration is only for "them."

    August 25, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. ????

    I read this morning where ISIS just overran a Syrian airfield killing 150 Syrian soldiers and capturing 170 others. Contrary to Obama's previous characterization of ISIS being a terrorist junior varsity team, they are considerably more capable than the groups we have dealt with in the past. This point was reinforced last week by Defense Secretary Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. When members of the Obama Administration are sounding the warning about ISIS, we had better start taking the threat very seriously.

    August 25, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Doug in NYC

    Just when you think republicants have reached the bottom of the barrel, they lift up the barrel and find even more disgusting things!

    My apology to disgusting things under the barrel, even they aren't as low as republicants.

    August 25, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    It's always funny to read the usual BS written by the GOPT klan. They talk about the POTUS golfing. The funniest part of that is I just watched a documentary on the History channel that said St. Ronnie refused to cut his vacation short during a crisis. Refused! Can you imagine if this POTUS were to refuse to cut his vacation short? He would be impeached before he even made it back to DC. Yet St. Ronnie has all but been canonized by these same traitors.

    You people are so funny.

    August 25, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    smith

    Bad taste. Plenty of other ways to make a point about Obama and Udall`s foreign policy.
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    Obviously, you think that mistakes have been made. Well, what are they? Be sure to tell us what the correct course of action should have been, too, particularly if you think mistakes were made in Syria.

    August 25, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. rs

    When money is your only value, common sense and morality go out the window. Disappointment, but no surprise here.

    August 25, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. portlandtony

    Let Mr. Weh discuss our efforts to rescue Mr Brown with the Special Ops team that actually put their lives on the line in a brave but vain attempt to save American hostage lives!

    August 25, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    The GOP has used the coffins of young Americans to make a buck for the war machine and to fuel their agenda, for decades.

    Nothing new, other than now they are not trying to hide the fact, that power and money, mean more to them than the death of one or many Americans!

    August 25, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. rs

    ????

    I read this morning where ISIS just overran a Syrian airfield killing 150 Syrian soldiers and capturing 170 others. Contrary to Obama's previous characterization of ISIS being a terrorist junior varsity team, they are considerably more capable than the groups we have dealt with in the past. This point was reinforced last week by Defense Secretary Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. When members of the Obama Administration are sounding the warning about ISIS, we had better start taking the threat very seriously.
    ________________________
    Holy Vapor Lock, Batman! Really, from the party of one Mr. G.W. Bush who felt President Clinton was "too obsessed" with al Qaeda, and so not only let 9/11 happen, but then "didn't much care" where Osama bin Laden was?

    Has it occurred to you that perhaps if Mr. Bush hadn't cracked open Pandora's Box with his big Middle Eastern Adventure we wouldn't be dealing with the Islamic State or Iraq right now?

    August 25, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Longtimer

    Logic folks. Perhaps the only people out there who did a far, far, worse job of handling Iraq historically is the GOP. That they now choose to fundraise off of the CF they made of Iraq shows their complete lack of moral compass, and foreign relations credentials.

    August 25, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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