Campaign ads, endorsements, and ethics
The McKinley/Mooney primary fight
Candidate Alex Mooney tells us in his most recent ad and commercial why McKinley cannot be trusted; McKinley's ad is fake – he and Trump were never together as McKinley’s ad pictures them:
David McKinley is just another politician you cannot trust. He only stands with President Trump when it is convenient for him. He was quoted in the Martinsburg Journal yesterday saying:— Alex Mooney (@MooneyforWV) April 27, 2022
“I’ve never run a negative campaign.” - David McKinley
As all of you know, that is FALSE. pic.twitter.com/EF9snIBg8E
Of course, there’s this Mooney ad from earlier this week which shows him with Lauren Bobert:
Mooney doesn’t tell you, but this ad’s picture is also a fake; here’s the Mooney picture before Bobert’s image was added to it:
In researching the picture, it appears to be from five years ago which means Mooney looks younger. More importantly, there's no Bobert. Additionally, notice that Bobert's frame in the ad is much smaller than it proportionally ought to be.
What did we learn from this exercise? Probably that McKinley’s ad-makers are better with Photoshop.
What do Mooney and some of his endorsers have in common?
In looking through his endorsements, I found a common thread which ties a number of them together. Here is his endorsement from Representative Ronny Jackson:
President Trump’s White House physician and former veteran, Rep. Ronny Jackson supports my run for WV02. As he says, I am a fierce advocate for veterans and a true supporter of the conservative movement. pic.twitter.com/Qrkg8BpYzd— Alex Mooney (@MooneyforWV) April 14, 2022
From Citizens for Ethics:
And here is tonight’s endorser, Representative Lauren Bobert:
Rep. Ronny Jackson tapped his campaign account for more than $2,300 in costs associated with membership at a private social club in Texas, campaign finance records show.https://t.co/WmuvQllg5x— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) April 25, 2022
While pushing a bill to loosen drilling rules, Boebert failed to disclose that her husband made nearly $1 million consulting for Terra Energy Partners. At this very moment the company is seeking approval for 17 new drilling wells in Boebert’s district. https://t.co/o3uAoXOeeG pic.twitter.com/WcQQehOZOa— Isaac Stanley-Becker (@isaacstanbecker) August 19, 2021
During the same period in which she received travel reimbursements of >$22K that drew criticism of ethics watchdogs, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert paid off the last of nearly $20,000 in state tax liens that had accumulated on her restaurant.https://t.co/Sre7W7aQsX— OpenSecrets.org (@OpenSecretsDC) February 5, 2021
And of course, there’s his #1 endorser, Donald Trump, and all of his ethical baggage. I wonder if they all took the same class together or belong to the same club?