By Matthew Q. Clarida
A recent television commercial by Republican gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney contained audio from WNPR that was significantly edited, according to an original version of the clip provided by the radio station.
In the commercial, Tom Foley, McKinney’s rival for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, is heard saying, “I’m not going to cut spending.”
But according to WNPR, Foley actually said the following: “I’m not saying I’m going to cut spending; I’m saying I’m going to hold spending flat.”
The station posted the clip from its morning show ”Where We Live,” which when played showed that two of Foley’s words (“saying” and “I’m”) had been edited out of the clip in the McKinney ad.
McKinney’s spokeswoman, Jodi Latina, told Capitol Watch on Thursday night that the editing “doesn’t change the meaning.’’
Later, McKinney said, “After dodging questions and distorting my voting record, Tom Foley clearly lost today’s debate and in a Malloy-like tactic is trying to change the narrative. Our television ad offers an edited version of a statement he has made repeatedly throughout this campaign: Tom Foley won’t cut spending, he will “flat-fund” spending. He repeated this very statement in today’s debate. There was absolutely nothing misleading about our ad or its presentation of Tom Foley’s position.”
“What is deceptive, however, is Tom Foley’s position on the issue,” McKinney said. “Today, Ambassador Foley repeated his claim that “flat-funding” the budget is an 8% reduction in spending when compared to current services estimates. As I pointed out in the debate, every honest citizen knows that a spending reduction is spending less than you spent the year before. Comparing actual expenditures to next year’s estimate is a dishonest gimmick. And if this claim sounds familiar it should, this kind of pretend math is precisely how Governor Malloy calculates spending “cuts” in his budget proposals.
“The only candidate who is misleading voters in this primary campaign is Tom Foley. Mr. Foley is the last person who should be lecturing people about honesty. He would do well to check his own moral compass before making such accusations.”