West Virginia State Senator Demands Radio Stations Pull Attack Ad Against Him Off The Air
October 25, 2016 at 6:28 AM (PT)
A WEST VIRGINIA State Senator has sent a cease-and-desist letter to several CHARLESTON, WV radio stations demanding they pull an attack ad against him off the air.
The CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL reports that Sen. CHRIS WALTERS (R-PUTNAM) is objecting to an ad placed by a group called WEST VIRGINIA FAMILY VALUES that he says falsely suggests he testified on behalf of a child molester, something another Senator did but the commercial doesn't make clear, saying instead that the testimony came from "their leader in the Senate," who the spot does not say is Senate Majority Leader MITCH CARMICHAEL. The group is supporting WALTERS' opponent in the race, Democrat GLENN JEFFERIES; while the group, backed by unions, is standing by the ad, JEFFERIES said that he is not involved with the ad, has not heard it, and does not condone personal attacks against his opponent.
WALTERS' attorney RUSTY WEBB told the GAZETTE-MAIL that he will sue and file for an injunction if the stations, including those owned by WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORP., BRISTOL BROADCASTING CO., and L&M BROADCASTING, INC., do not stop airing the ads.