Can I use the word now, please?
Fake outrage abounded at my use of the phrase “douchebag liar” when referring to Scott Brown. But seriously. The term 100% applies. Case in point:
During a question and answer session, one firefighter commented that both campaigns are publishing advertisements featuring family members of victims of asbestos-related illness. He asked Brown how Warren gets the victims’ family members to go on her commercial.
“A lot of them are paid,” Brown said. “We hear that maybe they pay actors. Listen, you can get surrogates and go out and say your thing. We have regular people in our commercials. No one is paid. They are regular folks that reach out to us and say she is full of it.”
One of the ads, entitled “Ashamed,” features Kingston resident Ginny Jackson, whose husband died of mesothelioma after working at a Quincy shipyard that was filled with asbestos.
Reached through the Warren campaign, Jackson responded to Brown’s comments, calling them offensive.
“A lot of them are paid…We hear that maybe they pay actors.” What. A. Jerk.
This is ironic coming from a campaign which is paying black people – including some who are homeless – what “works out to” $8/hour to show up to rallies in Brown tee-shirts, don’t you think??
I’ll be working a canvass this weekend. You should be too. Only a few weeks left, a very short time for more voter ID and then things switch to GOTV, for which ALL HANDS ON DECK is an understatement. Go. Get. To. Work.
(Cross posted and modified. Link H/T @elizabethforma Twitter feed.)
UPDATE (by David): Scott Brown has issued an apology:
“It was wrong for me to have jumped to those conclusions and I apologize to those I offended,” Brown said in a statement.
What I don’t understand is how he says something so offensive with such assurance, and then apologizes for jumping to “those conclusions.” What was the basis of his saying what he said in the first place? Is it that hard for him to believe that someone whose loved one suffered from asbestos poisoning might not agree with him? Talk about drinking your own Kool-Aid.