Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terrence Wall has a new ad out, and while it’s not nearly as negative as his previous ads, it’s still a pretty poorly done ad. The ad starts out with a voiceover noting, “Terrence Wall’s never forgotten how his business started,” and while the ad paints the image of Terrence Wall as a guy who hiked up his bootstraps and got where he is purely based on his own hard work, the fact of the matter is Terrence Wall got where he is no doubt in part because of hard work, but also thanks to the financial generosity of his wealthy father. Wall is the son of John Wall, the owner of DEMCO Library Supplies, the world’s largest library-supply company, and Terrence Wall got his start in the real estate business thanks to his father’s willingness to guarantee loans and family investments in T. Wall Properties .
It’s not one bit surprising Terrence Wall’s most recent ad didn’t mention the role his family’s money money played in his success in real estate, especially considering the press release his campaign issued announcing Wall’s candidacy conveniently forgot to mention Wall came from a family of great means while attempting to tell a rags-to-riches narrative of Terrence Wall’s life.
The fact is, Terrence Wall has no understanding of what it means to have to worry about whether this month’s bills are going to get paid, and he has about nothing in common with those of us in the middle class that he aspires to represent in the United States Senate. To be honest, I’m just wondering when Terrence Wall is going to tell voters in Wisconsin his real life story – the story of a man who grew up as a child of wealth and privilege.