Congressman Earl Blumenauer has followed up with a video addressing Gordon Smith's claim that he was one of the first to oppose the war in Iraq:
Meanwhile, former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse is now claiming that she "misspoke" when she made that claim in Gordon Smith's ad. From the O:
Meanwhile, another attempt by Smith to build his bipartisan credentials ran into trouble Tuesday.
Former Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Furse acknowledged she misspoke when she praised the Republican senator in a TV ad for his campaign.
Furse said she was wrong when she claimed in the commercial that Smith was "one of the first to stand up to George Bush and other Republicans to end this war" in Iraq. She said she should have stated that Smith -- who supported the war for its first 31/2 years -- was one of the first Republicans to speak out against it.
"I know that he wasn't the first to oppose the war," said Furse. "He was one of the first of his party to oppose the war . . . That is what I meant."
Of course, her statement came in a Smith-produced television ad - not an off-hand comment somewhere. Question: Can Smith duck responsibility for the ad's contents if Furse retracts them? Should television stations pull the ad - now that its lead spokesperson has acknowledged that it's false?