DCCC Changes New York Ad Over Plane Imagery

Posted September 8, 2011 at 5:22pm

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has tweaked the TV ad that is set to begin airing Friday in New York over concerns about 9/11-like imagery.

The first version of the spot, posted to YouTube on Thursday, slammed Republican Bob Turner for living the “high life,” as an animation of a corporate jet swooped by. Later in the ad, the jet banks across the screen in front of a lifelike rendering of the New York City skyline.

But by Thursday evening, the original version had been pulled from YouTube and replaced with a different version that shows the same jet banking across the screen in front of a sky background.

“The independent expenditure made a small tweak to remove the brief image of the skyline to not distract from the message that Republican Bob Turner hasn’t met a corporate tax loophole he didn’t like while pushing drastic cuts to Social Security and Medicare,” DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said in a statement.

The visual proximity of the jet to New York City buildings and the temporal proximity to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 left Turner’s campaign crying foul.

“It shows just how tone-deaf the DCCC is on New York right now,” Turner spokesman William O’Reilly said in a statement to Roll Call. “Are they kidding with that plane?”

Turner faces state Assemblyman David Weprin in Tuesday’s special election to replace ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D). The race has become competitive in the closing week, prompting the DCCC and a Democratic outside group to make late TV buys.

Watch the revised ad: