GOP Senate Candidate’s Gunslinging Ad Sparks Outcry
Arizona Senate candidate Jim Lamon sparked outrage with a new campaign ad depicting an armed “showdown” with President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ).
Lamon is dressed like a sheriff in the old West in the ad. He approaches three actors in cowboy costumes portraying Biden, Pelosi, and Kelly.
“The good people of Arizona have had enough of you. It’s time for a showdown,” Lamon says in the ad.
The three Democratic “cowboys” approach with guns, and Lamon shoots at their weapons, disarming them and prompting them to run away.
The ad sparked a backlash from critics, who pointed out that Kelly’s wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), was shot during an assassination attempt in 2011.
Giffords suffered a severe brain injury and has become a prominent advocate for gun control.
Shannon Watts, the founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action, tweeted: “DISGUSTING: Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot and seriously wounded 10 years ago. Her husband’s Republican US Senate opponent, [Jim Lamon], just put out an ad in which he shoots Mark Kelly and other Democrat leaders.”
Brian Murray, former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, said the ad was Lamon’s “most pathetic” yet.
“I think when he loses he should start producing used car commercials. He’s perfect for that, and that ain’t no bull!”
Lamon pushed back against the criticism, calling it “feigned outrage.”
“Left wing snowflakes can’t stand the fact that, for once, AZ will have a Senator who will shoot straight with them & stop cowering to Biden,” Lamon tweeted.
“Their feigned outrage over our new Super Bowl ad came right on cue—but I won’t be backing down.”