August 25th, 2014
12:40 PM ET
4 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.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    "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?"
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    It has often been said that Saddam's military might was the critical keystone that kept the entire region from descending into sectarian war. Saddam kept Iran's nuclear ambitions in check, as well. Removing him has proven to be a strategic error of enormous magnitude.

    August 25, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. reality check please!

    But what about the oil Rudy? Don't you think trying to take over Iraq oil fields were worth it, think of how cheap our oil could be. The big oil companies would pass us the savings wouldn't they, surely he was looking out for us when he lied,, and sent thousands to bleed out in the desert, its not like any important kids died. You got to break a few eggs to make an omelet.

    August 25, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    Smith-We're still waiting for your response to Rudy,NYC's challenge to you.

    August 25, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Gotta love an editorial staff who puts up an article about dude using executioner's photos, watched people respond with pretty much universal, bipartisan disgust about it and then decides that's their cue to update the article to post the pictures too.

    August 25, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. ????

    @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.
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    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?
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    Evidently you were not paying attention last week when Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Gen. Dempsey) basically all said the same thing about ISIS. Three senior leaders who work for Obama have said that ISIS is a threat.

    Welcome to the Third Iraq War.

    August 25, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Figures a [R] would feature a foreign terrorist in a campaign add. After all, the domestic-terrorist [R]s gotta show some solidarity with their muhajadin brethren across the ocean.

    And who hates journalists the most, after the terrorist muslims? That's right, the terrorist [R]s!

    August 25, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    Another classy paranoid tea bagger from the right wing.

    August 25, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    Well, this GOP DUNCE won't help himself glorifying a jehadest PIG who will be dead soon, start looking up for the bombs coming down on your heads, your nothing but COWARDS, anybody can drive thru a desert and claim it as their own with no opposition in front of them. Have fun getting back to your pig eating commander badaie and your FAKE religion. By the way your passports are GETTING canceled, I hop you like your NEW country. Don't you zarcoie want a bes ever take a bath or are you just the pigs your FAKE religion SAYS you are ??????

    August 25, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Really?? Who wants "to change the subject"?

    This from somebody who's wanted to change the subject since Nov 2012, after having his gonads hammered against the pavement, dipped in boiling water, and then was served the minestrone-liquid result.

    Amazing how far the Teatards can run on nothing but fear and delusion. Its almost non-human.

    August 25, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Evidently you were not paying attention last week when Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Gen. Dempsey) basically all said the same thing about ISIS. Three senior leaders who work for Obama have said that ISIS is a threat.

    Welcome to the Third Iraq War."
    ===

    Suddenly you care what any of them think? You were no doubt yelling about Bergdahl being a "deserter" while the Joint Chiefs were saying he's innocent until proven guilty and that we bring our boys home regardless. And Hagel and Kerry? Don't even bother trying to convince me you're not part of the RWNJ crowd who tried to destroy Hagel when Obama nominated him or that you're not one of the droolers who thought swiftboating Kerry was great fun or jumps all over every opportunity to belittle him. Your conveniently selective trust in and respect for all of these people is duly noted, don't worry.

    #NOBODY'SFOOLED

    August 25, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. J Anthony

    A disgrace. How can anyone take these neanderthals seriously? You have to be sick to support people like this.

    August 25, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    It appears that RWNJs are officially afraid of everything.

    August 25, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. O'drama ya Mama

    Rudy NYC

    "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?"
    -------
    It has often been said that Saddam's military might was the critical keystone that kept the entire region from descending into sectarian war. Saddam kept Iran's nuclear ambitions in check, as well. Removing him has proven to be a strategic error of enormous magnitude.
    August 25, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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    The Middle East should be ruled the same way Russia is, with an iron fist. Its the only way to keep the extremist factions in line. Although Saddam is responsible for many atrocities he actually kept groups like ISIS from gaining any traction. In hindsight we should have at least kept one of Saddam's sons in power.

    August 25, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    sonny chapman

    Smith-We're still waiting for your response to Rudy,NYC's challenge to you.
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    I already know his "answer" to what should have been done, which is why I asked him.
    Wanna hear it? Here it is. "We never should have let them rise up in the first place."

    We all know that he has no answer, and neither do any of these other conservative Obama haters around here. I'm waiting for someone to repeat the talking point about how we should have armed the rebels early on in the Syrian conflict, as if that would have stopped the rise of ISIL. All that that would have most like done would have been to put more weapons on the ground to be captured by ISIL forces. Besides, those original rebels were not fighters. They were mostly shopkeepers, doctors, and farmers, who had had enough of Assad.

    August 25, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Gunderson

    Scruples, Morals, Defense,
    Guess Franklin Deleno Roosevelt would be taken Agast! Now those dirty Republicans! How dare they move their Corporations Off Shore! Don't they know about the Nanny State! The Peasants need their Stipends! Humm, maybe they ain't as Dumbas[R]ocks, after all!! so hows your retirement plan going??

    August 25, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Evidently you were not paying attention last week when Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Gen. Dempsey) basically all said the same thing about ISIS. Three senior leaders who work for Obama have said that ISIS is a threat.

    Welcome to the Third Iraq War.
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    Technically, a new war in Iraq would make it the second. The War in Kuwait never crossed into Iraq for many reasons, one of which I have posted above. The balance of military power was in Saddam's favor, keeping a lot ugly at bay.

    August 25, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Figures a [R] would feature a foreign terrorist in a campaign add. After all, the domestic-terrorist [R]s gotta show some solidarity with their muhajadin brethren across the ocean."
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    Just more of the GOP/Teatrolls outsourcing jobs their own supporters could have taken.

    August 25, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Swedge70

    A republican doing this in an ad is nearly as surprising as finding Cheerios in my Cheerios box.

    August 25, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. NC Independent

    What a disgusting thing to do. Just shows what some people will do for a taste for power.

    August 25, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Hmmmm

    @Sniffit – "the rest of the RWNJs would say that there is no intimidation with some group of Open Carry white guys in TX planning a "parade" to wander down the street in the middle of the minority neighborhoods"
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    Please elaborate on which "minority neighborhoods" you speak of? The whole open carry "parade" was a stupid and ridiculous idea, but your embellishment of doing it in minority neighborhoods is a flat out lie...

    August 25, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "so hows your retirement plan going??"

    In light of the fact that everyone's retirement plans were destroyed by the recession and are now largely doing great because of Obama, it's absolutely hilarious that you keep trying to push that as a tag line.

    August 25, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Please elaborate on which "minority neighborhoods" you speak of? The whole open carry "parade" was a stupid and ridiculous idea, but your embellishment of doing it in minority neighborhoods is a flat out lie..."

    No it's not. Open Carry TX literally planned to do it through minority neighborhoods and was forced to cancel because of public outcry that they would do such a thing, which clearly and unarguably had very racist and threatening overtones to it.

    August 25, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. smith

    @Rudy-Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Syria, and etc. What we should have done was not a darn thing. Why did the US support coups in these countries? Why not let Assad wipe out ISIS?

    August 25, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    Roll out the B52s, what state does this GOP loser and his supporters live in?????

    August 25, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Laverne

    Desperate people do desperate stuff and this guy obviously is super desperate and STUPID!!

    August 25, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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