In what has now become a repeat occurrence, a Republican attack ad in Kansas is using a top Republican party official to pose as a normal concerned citizen, without disclosing that she is in fact a top Republican party official.
Alana Roethle claims she’s worried about keeping her community safe. In “Risky,” a 30-second video ad released on Friday, the concerned mother of four warns that Sharice Davids, an openly gay Native American woman vying to unseat Kansas Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder, supports “an extreme agenda that would put families at risk.”
Yet Roethle and the ad’s backer, the Congressional Leadership Fund, failed to disclose that she’s been secretary for the Kansas Republican Party since January 2017. The state party’s website also notes that Roethle was an alternate delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention, that she attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and that she’s been active in state GOP politics since 2010.
In a press release announcing the ad, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a conservative SuperPAC affiliated with House Speaker Paul Ryan that aims to keep Republicans in control of the House, doesn’t mention Roethle’s GOP connections. Rather, she’s just a “local Kansas mom discussing why Sharice Davids’ extreme, liberal agenda is too risky for Kansas families.”
This is not the first time this election cycle that this type of thing has happened. Iowa Republicans have done the same thing.
After running down tips from readers and doing some research online, Starting Line figured out who each person is:
Kevin of Spencer is Kevin Brown, the Republican Party co-chair of Clay County. Tara of Spencer appears to be his wife.
Remember, these are the same people who constantly accuse George Soros of hiring “crisis actors” and paying protestors. The projection exhibited by these people is quite a sight to behold.