DCCC changes ad in NY special election
Left: A screen grab of the ad before it was changed. Right: A screen grab of the ad after the skyline was removed.
September 8th, 2011
11:43 PM ET
10 years ago

DCCC changes ad in NY special election

(CNN) – Hours after it released a TV ad Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee changed the campaign spot when concerns were raised over sensitivity toward the Sept. 11 attacks.

The ad, which supports the Democrat running to fill ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat, featured an animated airplane darting across the New York skyline.

Bannered along the side of the plane in big letters was the name of the Republican candidate in the race, Bob Turner, a former cable TV executive.

"The independent expenditure made a small tweak to remove the brief image of the skyline,” said Jennifer Crider, spokesperson for the DCCC, in a statement late Thursday night. She added that the DCCC didn't want to distract from its main message against Turner.

The move comes just days before Election Day in a race that was once presumed safe for Democrats–but now puts the two candidates in a head-to-head sprint toward the finish line.

The ad began airing in the New York media market Thursday and will run through Tuesday, said Crider. It will not air on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

While it was published on YouTube earlier Thursday, an error message said the video had been removed by its user later in the day.

The 30-second spot hit Turner for living the “high life,” citing a statement he made at a recent debate where he said he’s “never met a corporate tax loophole [he] didn’t like.”

“While you struggle to pay the bills, Turner supports tax loopholes for corporations, but would cut benefits for Medicare and Social Security-even raise the retirement age,” the ad’s narrator said.

Democrat David Weprin’s campaign made Turner’s “loophole” comment a strong piece of ammunition this week, painting the Republican as self-interested and greedy.

But Turner’s team fired back-before the ad aired-saying “career politicians” like Weprin “have made a mess of our tax code” to favor special interests.

“The ones who lose are ordinary taxpayers who can't afford lobbyists. Ordinary taxpayers don't get enough tax loopholes,” said Turner’s spokesman William O’Reilly in a statement Wednesday.

The ad ends by touting a New York Times endorsement for Weprin, arguing that the Democrat will protect entitlement programs and the middle class.

Pouring in nearly $500,000 for the ad buy, the DCCC contribution fueled further speculation that Democrats are worried about losing the race.

Last week, the DCCC had so far given only $3,000.

While Democrats outnumber Republicans in the ninth congressional district, which covers parts of Queens and Brooklyn, by three to one, the race has become closer than expected this summer.

The latest Siena Research Institute poll from early August showed Weprin leading Turner by a narrow six-point margin.

The next poll is set to release Friday.

Filed under: 9/11 • Anthony Weiner • New York
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    So, no one is ever supposed to show a plane flying over NYC again? The PC has really gone over the deep end now.

    September 9, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  2. Little Jimmy Truth

    Wow!!! That's why.

    September 9, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  3. Offsuit

    The real story here isn't that the ad was changed, but that someone was moronic enough to allow it to air with the plane/skyline image in it in the first place. This is politics, people. Pay attentiom! You only get one shot at not being seen as idiots.

    September 9, 2011 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. LNB

    About time. Go for it. This is a good ad.

    September 9, 2011 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    People need to get over the image of 9/11. Yes, it was a tragedy, but we must learn to understand what happened and learn to accept the image. We don't have this kind of thing with Pearl Harbor.

    September 9, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  6. A Kickin` Donkey

    Good luck to taht District getting DC support if it goes red.

    September 9, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  7. DENNA

    @ – S.B. Stein E.B. NJ - People need to get over the image of 9/11. Yes, it was a tragedy, but we must learn to understand what happened and learn to accept the image. We don't have this kind of thing with Pearl Harbor.
    You are absolutely right. America has lost so much of its innocence and joy. We need to be vigilant to keep ourselves safe, but we also need to stop letter ordinary images terrify us. The terrorists took so much from us – how we travel, how we live our lives every day. Let's not let them make us scared sheep at every turn. Enough is enough. America is better than this. God Bless America.

    September 9, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. Marie MD

    I agree with Stein. Not every plane flying around has to do with 9/11 but there are other wways of getting a point across. We ddon'tt want to turn into the teatards/rethugs who really have the mean in your face reload mentality.

    September 9, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. New Age Independent

    S.B. Stein E.B. NJ. The add was a huge mistake. Couple that with the anniversary date and that he's running for a Senate seat for New York? I would also completely disagree with you on the Pearl Harbor reference. You seem to be incredibly out of touch here.

    September 9, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. sortakinda

    S.B. Stein-YOU GET OVER IT. What are you talking about? Let's see, how many ads for politicos or otherwise had Japanese Zeroes flying toward Hawaii in the last 70 years? You're right, we don't have this kind of thing with Pearl Harbor, apparently because people with intelligence and sensitivity have prevailed–or never thought of anything SO moronic as to depict a tragedy without realizing it.

    September 9, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |