In what has become a pattern, a Midwestern Republican used somebody in an advertisement that is not who they profess to be, this time on behalf of Illinois GOP Governor Bruce Rauner:
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign has a new commercial featuring a woman who says she is a “lifelong Democrat,” but Cook County records show she voted in GOP primaries in 2000, 2012, 2014 and 2018.
So, this “lifelong Democrat” voted in four Republican primaries. Odd behavior for a “lifelong Democrat”, but that is not all. This “lifelong Democrat” is also the founder of a firm that has been paid by the current Republican Governor of Illinois for strategic consulting:
Anne Wedner, who is shown in the 30-second ad with the words “Lifelong Democrat” appearing on the screen, also founded Kent Road Strategies, based in Winnetka, where she lives and is on the village council. The Rauner campaign last year paid the firm $50,000 for strategy consulting.
This misrepresentation of people in advertisements by Midwestern Republicans has become quite a trend. It has also happened in Kansas:
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.”
And it has happened in Iowa:
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.