Candidate supports troops, but flier shows Germans
A North Carolina legislator has apologized after a campaign flier that was meant to cast him as military-friendly featured a photo portraying advancing German World War II soldiers.
The direct-mail political consulting firm that produced the promotional piece designed to boost N.C. Rep. Tim Spear, D-Washington, said it was solely responsible for the mistake. He is running against Republican Bob Steinberg.
The flier destined for about 10,000 homes in Spear’s district was headlined: “In North Carolina, One Legislator is Covering Our Soldiers’ Backs.” It described Spear’s support for military-friendly legislation, including bills that made it harder to foreclose the homes of active-duty service members.
The art department at Washington, D.C.-based MSHC Partners found a photo that visually captured the Spear’s message, but no one noticed that it showed the backs of four advancing World War II re-enactors dressed in German army uniforms, senior account executive Mike Brown said Wednesday.
(via The Rocky Mount Telegram)