An attack ad targeting Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., be changed, after the father argues on a rampage to the victim that it is “politicized” to her death.
To change a pro-gun control super PAC has agreed to set up a political display, and after the father on a rampage accused to the victims of the “politicization” of the death of his daughter.
The ad in question, from a super-PAC started by former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, meets with Rep. Mike Coffman – who is locked in a tight re-election fight for his ties to the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The advertisement shows text messages from a student to her mother to tell her the school is on lockdown, because someone with a gun in it.
“I’m so scared. I love u. tell Dad that I love him,” the student, identified as Emily, texts in the display, before you react to your mother. The display then goes into Coffman’s support of the NRA.
Emily Keyes was fatally shot in 2006 after a 53-year-old man took several female students hostage at the plate Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, and handle you sexually. She was 16 years old.
Before her death, Keyes her family texted, “I love you” and “I love u guys, k?”
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“The morning of the 12th to lose anniversary, Emily, and to see that history is politicized disappointing,” Keyes’ father, John-Michael, reported KUSA-TV in the display.
He said it was “problematic,” the messaging in the ads was similar to the I Love U Guys Foundation – a group started in Keyes’ honor, offers training and training material for schools or other facilities.
A spokesman for the super PAC said KUSA’s ad “was not modeled after any one individual story.”
“Unfortunately, not everyone is a name that we could have used, would be similar to a victim somewhere,” the spokesman said.
In a statement to the Denver Post, Giffords managing Director, Peter Ambler said, “We are together to change the display name of all and makes it clear that there is no connection with the incident.”
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The Giffords PAC said, his goal is the “sweep-out-gun-lobby politicians and bring in the gun safety champions”.
A possibility of a legal challenge to the ad, John-Michael said, “This is not a fight we can afford, but it is one that I think perhaps need to be.”
I respect Gabby Giffords, but to try, the utilization of the name and the terrible death of one of our own, in order to win an election would result in a basic human. I can take the criticism, but this is gross. This ad should be pulled and someone should be fired.https://t. co/1VP8lVuKd6
— Mike Coffman (@coffmanforco) September 25, 2018
“I respect Gabby Giffords, but to try, the utilization of the name and the terrible death of one of our own, in order to win an election is the dignity of the basic human,” Coffman said in a tweet. “I can take the criticism, but this is gross. This ad should be pulled and someone should be fired.”
Giffords has become a leading gun control advocate after she and 18 others were shot during a constituent meeting in 2011 Six people were killed in the attack.
The campaign manager for Jason Crow, the Democrat challenging Coffman, said KUSA”, was the first time Coffman has shown, outrage over a shooting.”
Fox News has ranked the race to represent Colorado’s 6th congressional district is a tossup.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.