Hoekstra stumbles with negative and offensive ad
On Sunday, Pete Hoekstra aired an ad during the Super Bowl against his opponent, EMILY’s List candidate Sen. Debbie Stabenow. With the wordsmith skills of a clever 10 year-old, Hoekstra used a play on words, changing Stabenow’s name to Spend-it-now.
But wait, it gets worse. The xenophobic ad portrays a young Chinese woman speaking in broken English about the growth of her country’s economy. The video directs viewers to an even more racially insensitive website that continues the theme. Even Republican consultant Mike Murphy tweeted, “Pete Hoekstra Superbowl TV ad in MI Senate race really, really dumb. I mean really.”
Hoekstra’s accusations couldn’t be more off base. While he’s busy stirring up negative racial stereotypes, Debbie Stabenow remains a champion for the middle class. She’s keeping her focus on what matters – Michigan families, health care and jobs.
Self-dubbed Pete ‘spend-it-not’ Hoekstra actually spent $75,000 just to air the ad statewide one time during the Super Bowl, and the ad will air for two more weeks in every Michigan television market. He’s demonstrated that he’ll do anything – even make sweeping, offensive racial judgments – in order to win.
To phrase this in a way that Pete Hoekstra could understand, let’s Stab-e-not let that happen.