By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – With less than two months to go until the March 3 primary elections in Alabama, candidates for the U.S. Senate are likely to start ramping up their campaign ad blitzes in earnest.
Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Mobile, is first out of the gate in the new year with a television ad aimed to position himself against liberal members of Congress and outside activists, particularly as it comes to supporting military actions in the war on terrorism.
In a new ad released Monday, Byrne sits by a campfire and recalls the military service of his late brother, Dale. He says Rep. Ilan Omar, D-Minn., is “cheapening 9/11” and that “entitled athletes” are dishonoring the flag, as an image of former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shows on the screen.
“When the towers fell, I knew my brother would be going to war,” Byrne says in the ad. “Dale was a true patriot. I can’t bring him back. I miss him every day… Dale fought for that right, but I will not let them tear our country apart. That’s why I’m running for Senate,”
According to the Byrne campaign, Dale Byrne served in the Alabama National Guard and was a member of the Airborne Rangers 20th Special Force Group. He was deployed to the Middle East after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which candidate Byrne references in the ad. Dale Byrne died in 2013 after an illness he contracted related to his military service, the Byrne campaign said.
Byrne’s ad may be well timed in terms of connecting with all of voters energized by the new debate surrounding the military situation with Iran. Both Omar and Kaepernick have waded into the debate recently, questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to target Qassem Soleimani in an air strike last week.
There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 4, 2020
We are outraged the president would assassinate a foreign official, possibly setting off another war without Congressional authorization and has zero plan to deal with the consequences.
But of course you know that. https://t.co/GzfdKilV4t
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 3, 2020
The Byrne campaign would not say how large the new ad buy is, only offering that it would be seen on broadcast, cable and digital platforms in an expanded footprint of state markets.