A super PAC supporting Ted Cruz is running a new ad that has people fuming, and rightfully so. It uses Sandy Hook to push Ted Cruz’s pro-gun voting pattern in the Senate, claiming that he stopped Obama from using the tragedy to push gun control. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) blasted the ad, and couldn’t phrase how sickening it is any better.
The ad, put out by Courageous Conservatives, is aimed at Sen. Marco Rubio, and focuses on how Cruz gets things done while Rubio twiddles his thumbs. The narrator says that Ted Cruz “walks tall for what we believe,” and then says:
After Sandy Hook, Ted Cruz stopped Obama’s push for new gun control laws.
Because that’s totally something to be proud of. It wasn’t people who were pushing for stronger gun laws that politicized the tragedy. It was people like Ted Cruz who politicized it. 20 children died, and people like Ted Cruz blocked any attempts to stop that kind of thing from ever happening again. Listen to the full ad below:
Senator Murphy’s response to that insensitivity was spot on:
The new Ted Cruz ad makes me want to throw up, and I’m pretty sure that’s a feeling shared by many who lived through the horror of Sandy Hook.[Ted Cruz is] showing off how callous he was in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting may win him some right-wing votes that get swept up from Donald Trump or Ben Carson, but it disqualifies him in a general election.
Middle-of-the-road, common sense voters support measures like expanded background check. But more importantly, they won’t be impressed by a campaign whose opening pitch to voters is portraying the candidate as the one senator who took on the parents of Sandy Hook in the wake of the most horrific mass shooting in our lifetime.
Courageous Conservatives released the ad in part because they think ads from other Ted Cruz super PACs are “boring,” according to the Washington Post. A consultant for Courageous Conservatives said, “People are concerned that there’s gonna be wimpy ads in defense of Ted Cruz.”
If this is strong, we prefer wimpy, because this is really horrible to all the victims of mass shootings, and their suffering families, many of whom have overwhelmingly called on the government to do something, and who’ve been hurt and disappointed when people like Cruz block efforts. It’s no wonder Sen. Murphy is sick to his stomach over this. We’re sick over this, too.