First, Dan Seals tried to attack Congressman Mark Kirk -- the author of watershed legislation to end America's dependence on foreign oil -- for causing higher gas prices by giving away free gas. The campaign stunt backfired, snarled traffic for miles and ended with a $2,000 fine from the Lincolnshire Police Department.
Then, Dan Seals tried to attack Congressman Kirk -- an 18-year Navy combat veteran who saved the North Chicago VA and is endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC -- for not supporting veterans. The campaign stunt backfired when Tammy Duckworth arrived in a taxpayer-funded vehicle.
Now, Dan Seals is trying to attack Congressman Kirk on veterans again -- this time using an Iraq war veteran -- just after Kirk received an "A" rating from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. You'll notice the ad doesn't say who the veteran is -- just some unidentified "Illinois Iraq Veteran." Credit goes to the Daily Herald for digging up that the new Dan Seals spokesman is a 25-year-old Peoria-native named Caleb Wilson.
So what's the problem this time? The Chicago Tribune reports:
Last June, the Peoria Journal Star reported that Davis wore a black T-shirt proclaiming "Investigate firstname.lastname@example.org" while sitting at a table at a Peoria library where books, fliers and DVDs supporting conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks were on display. The organization argues the government's version of the terrorist attacks is fraudulent and offers a "Top 40 Reasons to Doubt the Official Story" and an "Official Coverup Guide."You got it folks -- Dan Seals' new campaign spokesman believes the U.S. Government murdered 3,000 Americans on September 11th.
Kirk, who was in the Pentagon when the airplane crashed into it on 9/11, called on Seals to stop airing the ad.
"I am disappointed that you would center your campaign on a spokesman who believes the U.S. government murdered nearly 3,000 of its own citizens," Kirk said in his Monday letter to Seals.
And here's the most amazing part. What was Dan Seals' response?
Seals spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith said she didn't "really see what is so controversial" about using Caleb Davis in the ad.
Excuse me? You don't see anything controversial about saying the U.S. Government was behind the attacks of 9/11? You don't see anything controversial about claiming the Pentagon blew up from a bomb -- not a plane -- and that the Twin Towers came down from demolition munitions planted by our own government?
That leads me to today's poll question. Is this just Dan Seals' third campaign screw-up or has Dan Seals exposed himself as the far leftist fringe conspiracy theorist we all feared he might be?