North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp came under fire for using a World War II veteran's story on her Facebook page without his consent, The Daily Caller reported.
The veteran said he demanded she remove the post because it gave the false impression that he endorsed her campaign.
The senator was criticized last week for running an ad that listed the names of sexual assault victims, who also did not give permission to use their names.
On Tuesday, Heitkamp reportedly shared a Facebook post about her meeting with meeting Lynn Aas, a World War II veteran. She met Aas at a ceremony last year honoring his service in France.
Heitkamp's post described Aas’s service during WWII and his continuing education in North Dakota. According to The Daily Caller, the senator’s post was deleted Wednesday evening.
“Lynn is not happy that Heidi did this. We have posted a comment requesting that it be taken down,” David Aas, Lynn’s son, said Wednesday. “Lynn wants to make it clear that no one from the Heitkamp campaign contacted him to ask for permission for this, and he does not want this to be viewed as an endorsement of her campaign.”
What about the newspaper ad?
The senator, who is facing a tough re-election campaign, also recently came under fire for publishing a newspaper ad about the importance of believing sexual assault survivors. The ad was an open letter directed at her Republican challenger, Kevin Cramer. Heitkamp trails Cramer in the latest polls.
The letter included the names of more than 100 people and named them as “survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or rape.” They were named without giving their consent, and some of the people listed were never the victims of such crimes.
Some of the women whose names were in the ad blasted Heitkamp for the move.
“I’m furious,” Lexi Zhorela, a 24-year-old hairdresser and single mother from Bismarck told The Associated Press. “I know I’m not the only woman hurt by this.”
Zhorela said she had only shared her story with “a couple of people” and didn’t want it out there for everyone to see. She also said she planned to vote for Heitkamp in November but now she will not.
Similar to Aas, some of the women who were named said they did not appreciate being used in a political campaign.
Heitkamp later ran an ad in the Minot Daily News to apologize for listing the names. The senator also reached out to apologize to those whose names appeared in the ad, according to reports.
The ad may have violated Federal Election Commission rules by failing to include a disclaimer that all campaign ads must have, The Blaze previously reported.
“Any public communication made by a political committee — including communications that do not expressly advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified federal candidate or solicit a contribution — must display a disclaimer,” according to Federal Election Commission rules.