Former U.S. Capitol Police officer and current Democratic House candidate Pat Davis is defending a TV ad being run by his campaign, in which he uses profanity to condemn the National Rifle Association.
In the 15-second spot, Davis says: "F*** the NRA. Their pro-gun policies have resulted in dead children, dead mothers and dead fathers." He closes the ad with the statement, "If Congress won't change our gun laws, we're changing Congress."
The station running the ad, KQRE-TV, says they are required to run the clip without any editing. Station general manager Bill Anderson said, "We received a request for airtime from a legitimate federal candidate for office, and according to federal election rules, we are required to give him the same access as his opponents. This station, by law, is not permitted to censor or in any way edit this commercial."
Anderson added, "What we can control however, is the 15 seconds of air time preceding it, which we will use to warn the viewer of a possible offense, disclaim our own views, and cite the federal laws imposed on candidates and TV stations."
But Davis defends the ad and says its run-time placements are strategically aimed during times that will target adult audiences. He said, "Kids aren't watching the news shows on Sunday morning or the in-depth policy wonky shows where we'll be running it."
When contacted for comment, NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker said in response, "At least the gun-control lobby and their anti-Second Amendment shills are keeping the campaign to ban guns classy. Beyond that observation, I won't dignify their obscenity with a response."
Davis is an Albuquerque, New Mexico City Councilor running against several other candidates in the solidly Democratic district.