The ad works on a pig theme and accuses Connolly of going after earmarks at a time when the national debt is rising. Pretty standard political stuff.The problem is, the quote is taken completely out of context in hopes that nobody would take the time to investigate what Gerry was really talking about. As Roz points out, Gerry was actually going after Eric Cantor hypocritically attacking the stimulus on the national political scene while bragging to his constituents about how it will do a whole lot of good for the local community.
But then, the radio narrator tells you this: "Gerry Connolly says, quote, 'I want to be there with all four paws and snout in the trough.' "
[Gerry] was making a point about Republican Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who he accused of touting dollars for his district after campaigning against the stimulus plan. Here was the full quote from Connolly:Now it’s rather obvious that Fimian didn’t want people to actually look at the source of this quote because it really highlights how hypocritical Eric Cantor can be. That hypocrisy isn’t something Fimian would want to receive a lot of attention because his campaign is constantly highlighting how Cantor is supporting his candidacy. Fimian had even more motivation to hide the true context of the quote because Cantor is a member of the GOP’s leadership in the House of Representatives, which means the hypocritical GOP whip is someone who Fimian would be looking to for advice in Congress. Furthermore, Cantor's position in the leadership means that drawing attention to the real quote wouldn’t win Fimian many friends from the Republican house membership and he’s hoping they'll help willing to help him during the campaign.
"You can't have it both ways. You can't on the national stage say this is a bad bill ... but when it comes to my district I want a big chunk of that money. I want to be there with all four paws and snout in the trough."
Considering all the negatives that could result from people hearing the full story surrounding what Gerry said and the fact that Fimian did his best to hide the real context, the only reasonable conclusion we can come to is that Fimian hoped nobody would actually investigate the quote that was used in the radio ad. In other words, he hoped he could blatantly mislead the public and get away with it in order to gain a few votes. If he’s already unwilling to be straightforward with the public when his actions don’t necessarily have an impact on our lives, how are we supposed to trust that he’ll make the right decisions if he’s elected to Congress. Hint: We can’t.