August 8, 2014 8:20 pm -

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is making a fuss over a picture her Democratic Senate colleague Mark Begich (D-AK) is using of the pair smiling while sitting side-by-side.

According to The Hill, Murkowski’s campaign lawyers sent a “cease and desist” letter to Begich’s campaign on Thursday demanding that the ad be pulled down.

Begich has repeatedly spoken of similarities between his voting record and Murkowski’s to show his independence in the Republican-leaning state, and touted their work together on issues — moves that have increasingly irritated Murkowski as the campaign has worn on.

Murkowski has expressed her frustration at his use of her name when the ad titled “Great Team” first began running last week.

The ad shows an image of Begich and Murkowski smiling side by side, and the narrator says that the two vote together “as much as 80 percent of the time.”


No smiling, dammit!

Screen grab, H/T: TPM

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

9 responses to Republican Senator Demands Democrat Pull Ad That Shows Them Smiling Together

  1. burqa August 8th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    “Great team.”
    Oh, that’s funny!
    Nicely done, Anomaly! YAAAAAY for you!

  2. edmeyer_able August 8th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    “The Horror”

  3. tiredoftea August 8th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Umm, OK, but she ran a great write in campaign to beat Joe What’s His Name Tea Party Puke, and her record should be no surprise in AK. It may be awkward as it’s Begich who’s moving right, unless she’s concerned about another challenge from the right.

  4. Eric Trommater August 8th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    You see America, this is why we can’t have nice things. Even a hint of bipartisanship is considered such a deep insult that lawyers get involved.

  5. M D Reese August 8th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    He should just leave the ads running, but pixilate her face and replace it with a question mark. Too bad–for awhile there Murkowski was making a stab at bi-partisanship. But of course, it IS an election year. EVERY year is an election year these days.

    • Larry Schmitt August 9th, 2014 at 11:29 am

      I wonder if she even has a legal case. She’s a public figure, the statement is presumably true, the photo isn’t faked, what grounds does she have for a cease and desist?

      • M D Reese August 9th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        I agree. It’s funny and sad to see how far this crap has taken us, when one of the two senators from a state of maybe 750,000 doesn’t want to be seen working with the other…

  6. labman57 August 9th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    In the realm of modern Republican politics, descriptors such as “moderate”, “pragmatic”, and “willing to compromise” are perceived as unacceptable character flaws.

  7. mmaynard119 August 9th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Murkowski wanted the post-Botox photo used.