U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson Wednesday unveiled his first television ad attacking his opponent, Beaufort Democrat Rob Miller.
Wilson, the Republican incumbent who has held the 2nd Congressional District seat since 2002, challenged Miller to return more than $300,000 in campaign donations to a liberal group that has been critical of military operations in Iraq.
Miller, a former Marine Corps captain who served a combat tour in Iraq, has made his combat leadership a central part of his campaign.
Moveon.org, a California-based group that organizes for liberal causes on the Internet, called Gen. David Petraeus “General Betray Us” in a 2007 ad that took issue with the Bush administration’s on the ground assessment in Iraq. Petraeus was then in charge of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq. Now under President Obama he is in charge of the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan.
In the ad, Medal of Honor winner Maj. Gen. Jim Livingston says his “blood boiled” when he saw the Moveon.org ad. He asks Miller, Marine to Marine, to return Moveon.org’s money.
The Wilson ad comes a day after Miller unveiled its first ad attacking Wilson. That ad took Wilson to task for supporting the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, which some policymakers blame for exporting jobs from the United States.
by “The State” newspaper