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

    @Sniffit
    "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."
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    I am just telling you what three senior leaders who work for Obama have stated publicly within the last seven days. Your argument should be with them, not me.

    August 25, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Aside from the invading the country in the first place, the biggest mistake was disbanding the Iraqi army and allowing them to keep their weapons and ammunitions. Second mistake as the misguided attempt to install a democracy in a country that has never experienced anything but a hard fisted ruling government for thousands of years.

    August 25, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. What Next

    A few years ago we were considering military action against Iran to prevent them from developing a nuclear weapon. We were also considering military action against Assad in Syria to keep him from slaughtering his own people. Now we find ourselves in the position where we have to align ourselves with Iran and Assad in Syria to combat ISIS. It is like we have to cooperate with mass murderers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy in order to defeat another mass murderer such as Charles Manson.
    The Middle East seems to never change. Your policy choices range from very bad to horrible. If you think the situation in the Mid East can't get any worse, just wait until tomorrow.

    August 25, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    Rudy,NYC-Got to disagree w/you about Gulf War I not occurring in Iraq. The Coalition Forces did strategic air campaign inside Iraq before the Ground War.
    When the remnants of Sadaam's Army was fleeing Kuwait for Baghdad, we did significant damage. To the point where he was no longer a viable threat to American Interests. Cheney forgot that in 2003. This Massacre was called off by George HW when it became beyond our Stated UN Mission. That may have been in Iraq too.

    August 25, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican candidate Weh should fire his political operatives for running his campaign in the gutter. Shame on him for adding to the pain and suffering of the Foley family.

    August 25, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Democrat Junk

    Sniffit....Amazing statement. How is Obama responsible for everyones retirement accounts doing so great? Please spin that for all of us.

    August 25, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Longtimer

    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??
    ________________________
    you are making less sense than usual. Need to catch up on your meds?

    August 25, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "which "minority neighborhoods" you speak of"

    Sorry, should have included: 5th Ward, Houston is one big example.

    August 25, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. What Next

    Aside from the invading the country in the first place, the biggest mistake was disbanding the Iraqi army and allowing them to keep their weapons and ammunitions. Second mistake as the misguided attempt to install a democracy in a country that has never experienced anything but a hard fisted ruling government for thousands of years.
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    @Rudy NYC
    I am beginning to come to the conclusion that tribal societies/cultures are not capable of grasping the concept of democracy. And we are wasting our time and resources in trying to do so. That is a depressing thought and goes against everything that I have ever believed in.

    August 25, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I am just telling you what three senior leaders who work for Obama have stated publicly within the last seven days. Your argument should be with them, not me."

    I have no argument with them. I'm fully aware that intelligence changes over time and that the assessment of ISIS's capabilities has changed over time for various reasons, including their slow but steady incorporation of actual trained Iraqi soldiers and leadership during their campaign. And no, this is not your invitation to claim that I'm being a hypocrite about Dubya and his administration, because he claimed to know for certain that Iraq had WMDs at the same time that the status of intelligence did not support nor justify such a claim. So yeah, hindsight's 20/20 and initial assessments no longer fit because of the changes that have happened...big whoop. It happens. Nature of the beat.

    What I do have an argument with, however, is your self-serving opportunism and willingness to suddenly take certain people at their word when it becomes convenient for your vendetta against Obama, and after you spent so much time and effort trying desperately to ruin them and their credibility. Suddenly, you want to cite to what they say? Your inconsistency is as apparent as your bias.

    August 25, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Sniffit....Amazing statement. How is Obama responsible for everyones retirement accounts doing so great? Please spin that for all of us."

    LOL. Right after you explain how he has single-handedly ruined the economy, the country and the world the way you guys constantly, without surcease are claiming. Better yet, let's start with your explanation of how he's done everything he ever wanted and has become an imperial totalitarian dictator all while being a clueless community organizer who can't accomplish anything, fails to lead and has been blocked and obstructed at every turn by the GOP/Teatrolls, making them heroes. Or wait, did they fail and he got to do whatever he wanted, such that his policies were enacted, tested and failed, and so they're not really heroes because the ball got by them? Or did they block everything like truly effective conservative goal-keepers and therefore none of his agenda has been enacted, tested and proven to work or not and he's clueless and ineffectual anyway so how could he possibly have become the devious mastermind behind a massive totalitarian regime? Fact is, I don't have to explain anything to you: he's POTUS, he gets to take credit, just like he gets to carry all the blame.

    Besides, it's more than a bit disingenuous for you to play that game. One of the biggest reasons for the GOP/Teatroll obstruction hissy fit has been to prevent him from doing anything that just might work and make people happy and to keep the economy hampered, because he would get credit if that happened, no matter what caused it. They couldn't let that happen. The next 50 black men to run for POTUS will face the GOP/Teatrolls trying to make the argument of "now now, remember what happened last time...." and they deliberately tried to arrange for it.

    August 25, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Longtimer
    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??
    ________________________
    you are making less sense than usual. Need to catch up on your meds?
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    ...although he achieved a comment which had no relation at all to the topic.

    August 25, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "I am beginning to come to the conclusion that tribal societies/cultures are not capable of grasping the concept of democracy."

    Now, ask yourself why Amurika has descended into oligarchy. Ask.

    August 25, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. ????

    @Sniffit
    "I am just telling you what three senior leaders who work for Obama have stated publicly within the last seven days. Your argument should be with them, not me."

    I have no argument with them. I'm fully aware that intelligence changes over time and that the assessment of ISIS's capabilities has changed over time for various reasons, including their slow but steady incorporation of actual trained Iraqi soldiers and leadership during their campaign. And no, this is not your invitation to claim that I'm being a hypocrite about Dubya and his administration, because he claimed to know for certain that Iraq had WMDs at the same time that the status of intelligence did not support nor justify such a claim. So yeah, hindsight's 20/20 and initial assessments no longer fit because of the changes that have happened...big whoop. It happens. Nature of the beat.

    What I do have an argument with, however, is your self-serving opportunism and willingness to suddenly take certain people at their word when it becomes convenient for your vendetta against Obama, and after you spent so much time and effort trying desperately to ruin them and their credibility. Suddenly, you want to cite to what they say? Your inconsistency is as apparent as your bias.
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    So, according to the Obama Administration, ISIS is a threat . In dealing with this threat, Obama is going to have to do things that he and nobody else wants to do. So my question to you is how long will it be before you and your ilk accuse Obama of being a warmonger?

    August 25, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Boomer in Mo

    You people are scarier than ISIS. The electorate is getting dumber every day, regardless of which side they are on.

    August 25, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Gunderson. "They" might not be, but they count on the fact that YOU are! And it appears they are correct on that count!

    Just think, a political party can get just about EVERYTHING else WRONG, yet understand one simple truth and find political success in America. What's the simple truth?.....about half the US electorate are dumb enough and rightwing enough to be willingly brainwashed and fear-mongered into voting against their own self-interest. Dumbas[R]ocks, indeed!!

    August 25, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. david saint

    i think ive seen this before..yes, im sure of it..in the dictionary under Desperate

    August 25, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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