Keyser Fakes Buy For Debunked Ad, Press Sees Right Through It

keyserfearAs the Denver Post’s John Frank reports, beleaguered GOP U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser is up on the air with an ad attacking Sen. Michael Bennet over the Iranian nuclear weapons agreement–well, sort of on the air:

The 30-second spot, which debuts Tuesday, emphasizes Keyser’s service as a “military intelligence officer” who conducted urban “capture and kill missions to remove high-value targets” against “a vicious enemy armed by Iran.”

A stern-looking Keyser then takes aim at the Iran deal, saying President Barack Obama “wants to give these guys nuclear weapons and Michael Bennet, he was all for it.”

The first problem is apparently that there’s no actual money behind this ad, which appears to have been produced solely to elicit press coverage. Unfortunately for Keyser, John Frank asked the next logical question:

…not many people are expected to see it. According to media tracking companies, the Keyser campaign is spending less than $5,000 to air the ad on Fox News through Sunday.

When the press coverage which was the whole point of making the ad reports it’s a two-bit stunt from a campaign that’s essentially broke, you’ve wasted your money. This alone is enough to turn this from a “comeback kid” story into one of desperation and fakery. But it gets even worse:

PolitiFact, a prominent fact-checking outlet, recently gave a False ruling to a U.S. Senate candidate in Florida who said the deal “allows Iran to produce a nuclear weapon.” The wording in Keyser’s ad goes even further. [Pols emphasis]

That’s right, folks! The ad Keyser doesn’t have the money to air is factually full of crap to boot! Here again, this is not why you produce an ad for the express purpose of garnering press coverage. You do this to get good press, not bad press.

But at this point, the “good press” phase of Keyser’s disastrous U.S. Senate campaign is long over.

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  1. Pseudonymous says:

    Geez, Pols, at least give the dude his money's worth.  Basically it's half war memorabilia, half grumpiest ΣΑΕ ever.

  2. I want to know more about his missions. Those sound like a part of the war I don't know about.

  3. Gray in Mountains says:

    He isn't smart  enough to do this to attract Adelson/Koch $.

  4. Pseudonymous says:

    Mitch "Who Let the Dogs Out" Zelinger reports on the lawsuit to keep Keyser off the ballot:

    • Pseudonymous says:

      The lawsuit against Keyser was dismissed.  His votes will be counted.

      tl;dr: I'm on the ballot.

      • cpolind says:

        The funny part is he'll continue to blame the "vast left wing conspiracy" for all of his woes. It appears that Keyser and his rented windbag spokesman are too stupid to realize that if there WAS indeed a conspiracy to keep him off the ballot, the lawsuit from Michael "Mr. Big" Bennet would have happened much earlier in this whole process. No way professionals would have waited all this time to pursue this in court if they had an ulterior motive or were "scared". Team Keyser also likes to talk around, over, and through the fact that dirty petitions placed Keyser on the ballot in the first place. If the disputed signatures were actually signed by the people whose names appear, this wouldn't have been an issue. Keyser and his spokesman remind me of an organ grinder and his monkey. Sad part is it's hard to tell which is which. As for the question about more about his missions, finding anything other than his talking points about any of that is a tough mission in and of itself.

  5. Moderatus says:

    Character assassination of the messenger does not invalidate the message

    • Pseudonymous says:

      At the point at which you argue that you should be permitted to advance to the ballot on the basis of fraudulent petitions, you've committed character suicide.  There's no need to contract out a hit.

      • Jorgensen says:

        Election Reforms Needed: Judges should be required to take a refresher course in election law for starters. Current Sec. of State Wayne Williams should seize this moment to introduce legislation for new and thorough petition signature standards for collecting, notarizing 'WITH A SEAL," and reviewing them – including validating signatures – in the Secretary of State's Office as well as local petitions submitted to county clerks. 

    • denverco says:

      There is no character to aassassinate

    • Republican 36 says:

      Its not character assignation at all. Based on Mr. Keyser's activities two years ago when he attempted to make people believe he received two mail-in ballots from Jefferson County to the forged and fraudulent signatures on his candidate petitions this year, he is running on a platform of forgery, fraud and fakery. All of this establishes Mr. Keyser is not only a rank amateur politically but that he has some fundamental character flaws. On one hand he can't tell the truth and on the other he can't recognize it.

  6. Craig says:

    So, Colorado Pols falls into his trap by publicizing this stuff.  Really????

    • Jorgensen says:

      No problem – the ad is NOT compelling; just opens the door to more questions about Keyser's actual military background. The ad does not make you want to vote for him. I wonder if any of his Republican opponents or their super pacs will waste money on an ad attacking Keyser, the forgery candidate – doubt it, waste of money to advertise an unworthy competitor's name.

  7. Voyageur says:

    Nor really, Craig.   Nobody who sees the ad on pols is likely to vote for keyser and the one who will, moddy, would undoubtedly have voted for him anyway.

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