VoteVets is spending $350,000 on Robin Carnahan’s behalf to air an ad about a Navy vet who was a first responder on 9/11. He’s wearing an oxygen mask because of respiratory damage sustained from breathing in the caustic and toxic dust around the World Trade Center site without proper protection.
“It meant a lot to me – I had a lot of pride to go down there. I never thought being at Ground Zero I could get sick. A lot of the other first responders are as sick as me. Some have already passed away that I knew. When I heard that Congressman Blunt voted for a pay raise for himself, but did not vote for the 9/11 First Responders Bill, it made me sick to my stomach. Blunt voted against First Responders. He doesn’t breathe the same air I breathe.”
It’s not like the attack ads Robin’s been running don’t show what a scurrilous human being Roy Blunt is, but lots of voters pay the most attention to people talking about personal experience. If this ad brought in another voter for every five dollars VoteVets is spending, it could make the difference in this tight race.