Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton released his first television ad of the 2018 cycle, which the campaign titled, “Courage.” Stapleton’s TV spot could have also been called, “Fabrications,” but that wouldn’t have sounded quite as cool.
As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, Stapleton’s first TV spot is backed by a $700,000 buy targeting Republican Primary voters:
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence smile and wave as they briefly cross the screen. Stapleton brings up two key issues for Trump supporters — the Republican tax reform bill and so-called sanctuary cities.
“I was the only (state) treasurer in the country with the courage to support Donald Trump’s tax cuts [Pols emphasis], and as your next governor, I’ll end these dangerous sanctuary city policies. I’ll take the fight to the liberals and beat ’em again,” Stapleton says.
We wondered about this line — “the only treasurer in the country” — as soon as we saw the ad, so we decided to check it out ourselves. As Jason Taylor reported for OzarksFirst.com, Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt traveled to Washington D.C. in support of the Republican tax plan last November.
In other words, Stapleton was most certainly NOT “the only treasurer in the country with the courage to support Donald Trump’s tax cuts.” It took us about three minutes to figure this out. We didn’t bother looking to see how many other State Treasurers supported the GOP tax plan because it only took one to disprove Stapleton’s claim.
You can watch Stapleton’s courageously false TV ad below: