The National Republican Congressional Committee says it has voluntarily dropped a controverial campaign advertisement that attacks Democratic congressional candidate Julian Schreibman’s work as a defense attorney.
Schreibman’s campaign announced earlier this afternoon that WXXA, a Fox affiliate, and WYNT, an NBC affiliate, told them of plans to drop the ad.
Jonathan Levy, Schreibman’s campaign manager, said in an inetrview this evening that Albany area TV stations were sent a letter on Monday informing them of the inaccuracies in the ad by the campaign’s counsel, Rod Futerfas. Tuesday afternoon two of the stations called the campaign, announcing they would drop the ad.
Levy acknowledged that the NRCC may have pulled the ad before the stations did, but the end result is that the ad was taken down because of its inaccuracies. ”There’s not a lot of times an ad is pulled for being an out and out lie,’’ Levy said.
NRCC spokesman Nathaniel Sillin said his organization has substituted the disputed ad with an earlier one that attacks Schreibman for supporting the 2009 economic stimulus which, the ad says, included bonuses for Wall Street executives.
The disputed attack ad accused Schreibman of represesenting an unnamed man convicted of two counts of mail fraud who later avoided a possible sentence of decades in jail.
In reality, the federal judge who handled the trial threw out the jury’s decision on the basis that there was not enough evidence for a conviction.
The NRCC is sticking by its basic message.
“Julian Schreibman got rich representing unsavory characters and we will continue to expose his record of profiting from white collar criminals,’’ Sillin said.