Monday, Banana Republican came across a glossy flyer on our
windshield that featured a photo of President Barack Obama next to
the now iconic image of Trayvon Martin wearing his hoodie. Printed
below the slain teen's chin were the commander-in-chief's statement
on March 23, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."
Was this some guerrilla marketer who wanted to subliminally induce us
with weak-kneed liberal hyperbole about the boy's death at the hands
of an overzealous neighborhood watch captain? Not really. Once we
flipped the card over, we realized it was just a not-so-clever, anonymous attack ad
against Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who is running for reelection
against her old foe, physician Rudolph Moise.
A big bold yellow headline proclaimed, "Don't Be Fooled!" The flyer jabs Wilson's reply to WPLG political reporter Michael Putney's question about why she voted for the Stand Your Ground law while in the Florida House. The card urged us to call Wilson's Miami district office and ask her, "Why did you vote YES for the bill that protects Trayvon Martin's killer?"
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Of course there is no way of knowing who produced the flyer because it doesn't say who paid for it, which is illegal under federal campaign laws.
Wilson's camp has a sneaky suspicion it may have come from Moise. But we couldn't reach him for comment about the ad. The number to his campaign office is disconnected and he didn't return a phone message left at his clinic.
"If the flyer is tied to Rudy Moise, it is an FEC violation," says Wilson campaign spokesman Alexis Snyder. "It is a misrepresentation of the congresswoman. Shame on Rudy Moise."