NY GOP Peddles ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Hysteria on the 9/11 Decennial
Dishonest, exploitative, despicable:
New York Republicans have sent out a kitchen-sink mailer in the hotly-contested Queens congressional special election depicting a mosque superimposed over the scarred Ground Zero site on one side, and Democrat David Weprin alongside President Barack Obama on the other.
The front of the flier features a golden-domed mosque rising in front of the demolished World Trade Center site, a shell of metal rising near a photo of Weprin and a quote of his from last September, saying: ‘I support the right of the mosque to build …’
The reverse page is a picture of Weprin juxtaposed against a photo of the president, and text reading: ‘Weprin stands with Obama — and they stand together in support of the mosque at Ground Zero.’
The piece was received by a registered voter in NY-9 in the past week, landing in the days leading up to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The mail was sent out as a ‘chaser’ piece alongside the TV spot the Turner campaign released. At the bottom, it encourages voters to ‘go to our website,’ and lists the Turner congressional site. But it says it was paid for by the NY GOP.
Here’s the Turner campaign’s original “Zero” TV Ad which features digitally distorted footage of the burning WTC towers and crassly exploits the 10 year 9/11 anniversary:
Voice-over: “It’s been 10 short years. Everyone remembers. Some though, want to commemorate the tragedy by building a mosque on Ground Zero. President Obama thinks that’s a good idea, and so does congressional candidate Weprin.”
Weprin: “… I support the Right of the mosque to build …”
Voice-over: “Bob Turner says no. He knows Obama and Weprin are wrong. September 13th, send a message. Bob Turner for Congress.”
Turner: “I’m Bob Turner and I approve this message.”