Today, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) sunk to a new low when he suggested at a campaign stop that the family members of asbestos victims who were in a campaign commercial for Elizabeth Warren were actually paid actors:
During a question and answer session, one firefighter commented that both campaigns are publishing advertisements featuring family members of victims of asbestos-related illness. He asked Brown how Warren gets the victims’ family members to go on her commercial.
“A lot of them are paid,” Brown said. “We hear that maybe they pay actors. Listen, you can get surrogates and go out and say your thing. We have regular people in our commercials. No one is paid. They are regular folks that reach out to us and say she is full of it.”
This untrue and offensive accusation triggered a sharp rebuke from one of the women in the ads, widow Ginny Jackson, whose husband died of mesothelioma after working at a shipyard that contained asbestos. Watch Jackson tell her story in Warren’s campaign ad:
“What Scott Brown said today is so offensive to me and my family after what we went through,” Jackson said. “He’s sunk to a new low.”
UPDATE: Brown has apologized: “It was wrong for me to have jumped to those conclusions and I apologize to those I offended.”