With election day less than a month away, candidates and outside groups are heating up with new attacks against their opponents.
One new ad from the National Republican Campaign Committee seeks to paint Minnesota Congressional candidate Daniel Feehan as a liberal who disrespected the troops through his support for Colin Kaepernick.
“Millions have paid the ultimate price, defending the values our flag represents,” a narrator says as the ad opens over images of Honor Guards, military headstones, and service members.
Watch the video below:
The ad hones in on tweets from Daniel Feehan — a former acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration — that supported the protest movement started by Kaepernick.
Specifically, the ad takes issue with one tweet Feehan sent in 2016, saying Kaepernick’s activism “matches the patriotism of our military.”
Rather than disrespected, I'm honored that his activism matches the patriotism of our military in shared risk. #veteransforKaepernick
— Dan Feehan (@danielfeehan) August 31, 2016
“Tell Dan Feehan real patriots stand together,” the narrator says to end the ad.
But what the ad does not mention is Feehan’s own service.
On his campaign website, Feehan describes being moved to serve after watching the attacks of September 11, 2001.
“I committed myself to military service in the coming months, signing up for Army ROTC so I could do my part to protect the nation’s security,” Feehan’s bio reads. “From 2005 through 2009, I served as an active duty soldier and completed two combat tours of duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
“In Iraq, I searched for roadside bombs and pursued those threatening Americans and Iraqis alike, earning the Bronze Star for Service, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and the Ranger Tab.”
Jesse Lehrich, communications director for Organizing for Action, shared a photo of Feehan in Iraq after reacting to the ad:
this is @danielfeehan.
he served 2 combat tours in Iraq, clearing roadside bombs – earning a Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, & the Ranger Tab – then served as the Pentagon's ASD for Readiness.@NRCC is running ads saying Feehan doesn't respect our soldiers. pic.twitter.com/M71UdmFGjZ
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) October 12, 2018
Feehan has countered previous attacks against his service with an ad from a fellow soldier, noting that Feehan’s opponent never served in the military.
“I can tell you from experience, taking fire from terrorists is harder than having my opponent & the [NRCC] question my patriotism,” Feehan wrote.
I can tell you from experience, taking fire from terrorists is harder than having my opponent & the @NRCC question my patriotism. These attacks are disrespectful to all men & women who have worn the uniform, especially the 40k veterans in #MN01. But don't just take it from me… pic.twitter.com/RXIIL2mAGK
— Dan Feehan (@danielfeehan) October 9, 2018
“These attacks are disrespectful to all men & women who have worn the uniform, especially the 40k veterans in [Minnesota’s 1st Congressional district,]” he added.