Attack ad rips Salazar—but the wrong one

If you heard a radio ad attacking Congressman Ken Salazar, you heard right.

The advertiser, Americans United for Life, got their target’s name wrong.

The ad five times identifies the current Interior secretary and former Colorado senator as “Congressman Ken Salazar.”

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, the older brother of Ken Salazar, is the guy the ad is gunning for.

“We realize if this attack group couldn’t even get John’s name right that it’s probably a tall order for them to get his voting record straight, as well,” said John Salazar campaign spokeswoman Tara Trujillo. “To set the record straight, John voted for the Stupak Amendment in the House to the health care bill, which prohibited taxpayer-funded abortions.”

The Stupak Amendment was named for Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.

Americans United for Life might have the wrong Salazar, but it got the vote right, AUL spokesman Matthew Faraci said Wednesday.

“The Stupak Amendment was attached to a bill that never became law,” Faraci said.

President Obama signed a measure that originated in the Senate and was criticized by anti-abortion organizations for failing to include the Stupak language that John Salazar supported.

Salazar said the protections in the Senate measure were adequate.

A corrected ad will be aired in the 3rd Congressional District, Faraci said.


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