Dem Apologizes for Nazi Campaign Ad

Flyer used photo of soldiers in German WWII uniforms
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2010 1:19 AM CDT
Dem Apologizes for Nazi Campaign Ad
This Democratic Party campaign advertisement for state Rep. Tim Spear shows re-enactors in German uniforms.   (AP Photo/North Carolina Republican Party)

"In combat, you always want another soldier covering your back," read a flier from North Carolina state legislator Tim Spear touting his voting record on veterans’ issues. Problem was, the accompanying photo showed soldiers in Nazi uniforms, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Democrat apologized after supporters who had served in the war pointed out the error.

"It was not only an insult to our military men and women and our veterans, but it was a personal insult to me,” Spear, whose father fought in WWII, said in a letter to local papers. “Even though I did not prepare it, it was sent in my name." He said the mistake was made by a marketing firm where an artist used a stock photo of WWII re-enactors. "I’ll probably not use them in future mailings," Spear dead-panned. (Read more World War II stories.)

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