GOP Candidate Given Cease-and-Desist Letter by Seattle Seahawks
(TheRedWire.com) – In 2012, the NFL honored Maj. Scotty Smiley (Ret.) as part of its Salute to Service campaign. He was the Army’s first active-duty blind soldier. Before a game between the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants, the retired Army officer raised the symbolic No. 12 flag inside the stadium before the Seahawks took the field. A car bomb in Iraq cost him his eyesight but earned him a Purple Heart.
Now, his wife is running for Congress as a Republican. The Seahawks recently sent her a cease-and-desist letter after viewers could see her husband in the team’s jersey during a television ad for her political campaign. Tiffany Smiley’s “Gameday” ad ran in September to show how President Joe Biden and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) hurt families by voting for policies that caused inflation. When she mentions the rising prices of beer in the ad, the camera pans to Scotty as he asks, “Are you kidding me?”
GOP Senate candidate faced Seahawks legal threat years after team honored hero husband @SmileyForWA @PattyMurrayhttps://t.co/FtaJ74W762
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 3, 2022
The commercial briefly shows the blue, gray, and green colors associated with the team as Smiley sits on the couch. He’s not the only one who’s ever worn a Seattle Seahawks jersey in a political ad. The difference was they were Democrats. Smiley’s campaign manager said the “senseless legal threats by woke corporations “failed and backfired.”
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