Campaign ads released this week by a political action committee backed by anti-Columbia River Crossing activist David Madore has several politicians — including one that the group supports — crying foul.
The TV ad and postcard mailer both feature an enraged Vancouver City Councilor Jeanne Harris during last year’s “gavel down” outburst, and then asks people to vote for city council candidates Josephine Wentzel and Bill Turlay.
Turlay, however, said Thursday that he wishes he hadn’t been associated with the advertisements. Harris issued a press release calling for an end to what she called “cyber-bullying” through Madore’s continued use of the YouTube video of that meeting.
“I don’t condone this type of advertising,” Turlay said, adding that he called Harris when the TV ad began running to say that he didn’t approve. “This is time to forget that and let’s get on with it.”
Turlay said he had called Madore, who along with his wife, Donna, also personally contributed $3,200 to Turlay’s campaign, but had not reached him yet. Under law, PACs act independently of candidates.