GOP Pulls Raese ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar’ Ad With Fake Hicks (Video)
October 7, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Wealthy businessman John Raese, the Republican senatorial candidate challenging Gov. Joe Manchin (D), is under fire for an attack ad funded by the National Republican Senatorial Committee that used Philadelphia actors to portray “Hicky Blue Collar” coal miners from West Virginia, according to the script and casting call obtained by Democrats and forwarded to Politico. After a day of negative media attention, that also served to highlight the narrative that Raese is a fake West Virginian who is really a resident of Florida, the NRSC pulled the ad, but not before the damage was done. Manchin is demanding that Raese apologize for mocking hard-working West Virginian coal miners.
According to the casting call, under the wardrobe heading, “We are going for a ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar look. These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks.”
And the clothing suggestions, included, “John Deer (sic) or Trucker hats (not brand new, preferably beat up),” work boots, jeans and a Flannel or denim shirt.
The NRSC denied responsibility for the language in the casting call, blaming an outside vendor.
The ad shows three ‘Hicky’ Blue Collar” types commiserating in a diner, dressed as suggested, with flannel shirts and truck caps, bashing President Obama.
“Obama’s messin’ things up. … Spending money we don’t have. … Stimulus. Obamacare. … And Joe Manchin supported it all.”
Manchin released a statement in response to the flap, slamming Raese for insulting West Virginian workers.
“John Raese and his special interest friends have insulted the people of West Virginia and need to immediately apologize. Not only have they been spending millions to try and buy this election with lies and distortions, we can now see once and for all what he and his friends really think of West Virginia and our people. It’s offensive and it only proves that John Raese has spent too much time in the state of Florida, living in his Palm Beach mansion and doesn’t know, understand or respect the great people of this state, and what we stand for,” said Manchin.
Raese is a radical fringe candidate, who wants to do away with the federal minimum wage and regulations protecting the safety of coal miners. He has also boasted about his wealth, saying “I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it.”
A piece by Politico reported on Raese’s luxurious lifestyle. “Raese leads a lavish lifestyle that’s included over 15 cars, boats and motorcycles, a home in Florida where his family lives full-time and where, records show, he paved the driveway with marble in 2008 as the economy was nosediving.”
The ad has been removed from YouTube, but it was shown on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: