Republican Congressional candidate Dan Sebring running an ad considered to be racist? Say it ain’t so!
Moore’s GOP challenger, Dan Sebring, is the man behind the controversial ad. In the ad, Sebring presents a clip of Moore from a prior speech.
“Scott Walker, you gotta go, baby,” Moore said in the clip. “ ‘Cause we don’t want you no more.”
Sebring follows the clip by saying, “Many people in Glendale, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, Bayside and Brown Deer remain unaware that as a result of redistricting, they’re now represented by Gwen Moore.”
In response to Sebring’s ad, Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Grame Zielinksi called the ad sexist, racist and “unworthy of a race for the Congress or any political race.”
Explaining why he used the clips of Moore that he did, Sebring said the clips were chosen because the comments made by Moore in the clips were made while she was at a rally in Milwaukee instead of in Washington D.C. doing her job, but any reasonable person who listens to the ad knows full well what its intent is if it’s taken in the context of who Dan Sebring is and who his ad is trying to reach.
After all, let’s not forget that Dan Sebring is the same candidate who in 2009 made a point to note he is a Mayflower descendent when he announced his candidacy against Rep. Moore.
Sebring’s decision to use clips of Rep. Moore sounding as “black” as possible in a radio ad targeting voters in Glendale, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, Bayside and Brown Deer – communities whose populations are on average 86% white – certainly seems like no accident.
The fact that Dan Sebring has resorted to running this kind of ad with just under a month to go before election day shows how desperate he is, and I’m willing to bet that once the votes are counted Rep. Moore will handily defeat Sebring yet again, and I can only hope Sebring will finally come to realize that his brand of right-wing extremism is out of step with the vast majority of residents in the Fourth Congressional district.
If you’d like to hear Sebring’s ad for yourself, you can listen here.