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GOP delegate candidate to air graphic anti-abortion ads on D.C. stations



Of all the hot-button national issues that rarely get an airing in overwhelmingly Democratic D.C., abortion is the one that tends to get discussed least of all in city politics.

But not this year: A little-known Republican, Missy Reilly Smith, is pledging to air TV ads featuring graphic images of aborted fetuses on the city's broadcast TV stations starting Monday and she hopes to air them on cable networks as well. She is running for the congressional delegate seat currently held by Eleanor Holmes Norton (D).

"They're going to run as long as the money holds out," Smith said Friday. "They have to run them unedited." Politico's Ben Smith first reported controversy about the ads, writing that Allbritton Communications, owner of WJLA-TV and Politico, had no choice but to air the ads.

The ads are already available on her Web site (viewer discretion well advised). The spots take aim at Democratic leaders national and local: "Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Norton -- they all support the murder of babies and abuse of women by abortion," Smith says in one ad.

Make no mistake: Smith's campaign is all about the unborn. She describes herself on her Web site as "a tea party activist who hates big government, high taxation, socialism, and government bailouts; but she knows that the number one duty of true patriots is to end the legalized slaughter of unborn babies."

Smith is running without the support of the D.C. Republican Committee, the local party organization that generally focuses its attention on pocketbook concerns and good government while taking a libertarian tilt toward social concerns. Virtually all of its recent candidates, for instance, have supported same-sex marriage. This year, the party organization didn't endorse candidates in citywide races, focusing instead on D.C. Council seats, which left an opening for outsider Smith.

Paul Craney, the D.C. GOP's executive director, said today that Smith approached him months ago about her run for Congress.

"I asked her not to run for it ... because she said she wanted to put up ads about abortion on TV," Craney said. "It wasn't really a campaign. It's just ads about abortion. If you want to run a campaign, it's about giving a different set of ideas that's about schools, that's about crime, that's about spending your money better."

"Her tactics seem to be out of sync with the city," Craney added.

Smith's web site does briefly mention support for private school vouchers. Smith said she's lived in the District since she's been a child and currently lives in Cathedral Heights, in Ward 3. This is her first run for public office, she said, though she has been an anti-abortion activist for more than a decade.

Smith says she's currently negotiating with Comcast to air her aids on cable networks in addition to the broadcast buys. "Comedy Central, Jon Stewart -- that is an audience we'd like to touch," she said, explaining that her appeal is targeted at young women.

She says she's confident that Comcast will air the ads: "This is causing such a firestorm that they will jump aboard. This will go national."

How is she paying for the ads? Unclear -- as a federal candidate, Smith is required to file fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission, but no report is available yet on the FEC web site. Smith says she filed yesterday, showing about $15,000 in her coffers. She has targeted Internet appeals at national anti-abortion protesters.

Here is one: "I am running for Congress in Washington D.C. with the express purpose of running political ads on tv of graphic pictures of healthy and dead babies. ... [H]ere I am, Missy "Reilly" Smith, in 'the belly of the beast,' Washington D.C. on the ballot running against big government, pro-child killing, same sex marriage incumbent Eleanor Holmes Norton. ... [T]ell everyone you know to dig deep into their pockets and give until it hurts, as Mother Teresa would say. We know these ads will save babies and get the dialogue started that is so needed. No one can see these ads and not realize that abortion is murder."

Her current fundraising, she said, is enough to air the ads 15 times.

UPDATE, 2:30 P.M.: A WRC-TV spokesman confirms that the station will air the ad:

This is a paid federal candidate advertisement, and federal law requires us to carry it. Given the nature of this ad, the following audio and written message will precede the commercial: "Viewer Warning...The following candidate advertisement includes extremely graphic images that may be disturbing to children and other viewers."

By Mike DeBonis  | October 15, 2010; 11:51 AM ET
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how about an ad showing graphic miscarriages?
Did you know that most pregnancies end in a miscarraige caused by God?

God is the number one baby killer.

God should be outlawed!

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 15, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Missy, you're a nutcase, go back to your prayer closet and promptly shut door. Please don't bother coming out.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | October 15, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Her website describes her as "a post-abortive woman". So she was able to have an abortion, and now wants to make sure no one else has that right also. Makes sense.

Posted by: joe197119 | October 15, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Is the sadist also going to show the death sentences being implemented....

....and how the baby parts fly in air from the bombs dropped on innocent people in Afghanistan?

I am sure supports these two activities with full enthusiasm. Because they are already born! The heck with the principle of life when you are already born.

Posted by: kishorgala | October 15, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for young children to see these ads. Lady, stay out of peoples lives.Stop telling them what's best for them. Your type are simply useless in our society.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 15, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Scawy, scawy abortion pictures.
Apparently, the candidate is advocating for a LARGER government - required to hire checkers and snitches to ensure women give birth to rapists' babies and their fathers' babies.

Posted by: angie12106 | October 15, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone who claims that they are pro-family support airing these images on television? I do not want my children inadvertently seeing these ads! This is sick and deranged. Since she has blatantly stated that the purpose of running for public office is so that she can force her ads onto the viewing public, why are the television stations obligated to treat her ads the same as any legitamte candidate? I am appalled that this is what partisan politics has come to. Where is the outrage? Aren't there any sane voices on the pro-life side of the aisle that can convice her to stop?

Posted by: jlmpwinstel | October 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, seems like the lib anti free speech brigade is out in force. Can't stomach viewing what you espouse? Interesting indeed...

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 15, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

A sicko nutter quoting Mother Teresa. How repulsive!

Posted by: 303030 | October 15, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

ive seen plenty of these disgusting pictures, and they just make me want to see more fetus' forced to miscarry.

Kill them all!

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 15, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I have always been curious as to just how many children these so called anti abortionist have adopted, or taken in as a foster child. I guess it is better to have a child and then beat it to death than to abort it. Or, maybe it is better to just abuse a child during its formative years so that when and if it grows up to be an adult it can now wreak havoc on an entire city. Somewhere there is a village missing its idiot.

Posted by: shaybe1 | October 15, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I would love to get this woman in a debate.
I could start my rebuttal off with;
"Look here Missy..."

But the reality is, she is abusing the election laws so she can force television stations to air her inappropriate commercials.
Soon we will have porn stars running for office so they can advertise their porn sites on television.
"Vote for me, I have nothing to hide, and to prove it check out my porn site."

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 15, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow!! Feel the Love!!

Posted by: be4fourty | October 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Another lunitic, radical, irresponsible republican running for office.
The list keeps growing and growing.

Posted by: kathlenec | October 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

It is final.

The Loons, Sadists, Perverts, Wackos, Nutters, Nut-jobs, Wing-Nuts, T-Nuts only occur in one party.

This Loon should team up with the Cartoon from Florida who wanted to burn the Quran - for the 2012 Republican Presidential ticket.

Posted by: kishorgala | October 15, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

"Hmm, seems like the lib anti free speech brigade is out in force. Can't stomach viewing what you espouse? Interesting indeed...
Posted by: illogicbuster | October 15, 2010 2:55 PM"

So you support ads showing women who died gruesome deaths from self-induced abortions because the procedure was/is illegal?

Or do you support the death or imprisonment of women who undergo abortions and the doctors who perform them, just one of the REAL agendas from today's far-right extremists.

One of the reasons I'm pro-choice is that laws mandating loss of personal freedom of lifesaving-more women die in childbirth than legal abortions-medical processes can, in the tortured logic of many twisted teabaggers, be taken from myself as well, say, rescue-inhaler asthma medication, emergency brain surgery or cardiac defibrillation.

This type of vicious misogyny is already ongoing in Nicaragua, as the Catholic Church entered into a deal to back former head of the Sandinistas Daniel Ortega, and his political party, if they'd support criminalizing ALL abortions, even those necessary to save the mother's life.

Ortega agreed, the Church got it's total abortion ban, and the price was the lives and future child-bearing ability of women seen by the law as less worthy of basic human rights than their physical oppressors.

Smith's a hypocrite, her argument-taken to its logical extension-is that women should be forced to die instead of be rescued physically due to a medically-necessary abortion, but, somehow, I doubt Smith would support a criminal prosecution of herself on charges of murder for having multiple abortions.

A typical, easily-debunked hypocrite, that's Missy Reilly Smith.

Posted by: kingcranky | October 15, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

God Bless Missy, a candidate with a backbone. There aren't many.

Posted by: A_P_Eppink | October 16, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

God Bless Missy, a candidate with a backbone. There aren't many.

Posted by: A_P_Eppink | October 16, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

My husband and I happened to be watching DC 4 this afternoon when this warning came up at the break, and before you got to the very end it zipped right into these photos of dead babies. Blood, black decay, a skeleton form under flesh and much more. Both my husband and I immediately turned our eyes from the screen, but it was too late. This ad is made to go so fast and in an ioda of a second those images are instilled in your head. We could hear the woman talking in the background but could not even begin to tell you what she said. We were traumatized by the photos. Did it make us want to go right out and vote for this woman against those that are for abortion? No. It made us both sick to the point of throwing up. It made me cry. It was traumatic for us adults to see. What is it going to do to a child that is in front of the tv and the parent in the kitchen and a child sees it. And that will happen. Parents are not physically attached to their children 24/7.

This woman Missy in the article is boasting- quote, "here I am, Missy "Reilly" Smith, 'in the belly of the beast". I can believe that, because the only thing that can be behind this ad she is running is the beast, evil itself. And for those of us who are believers in God know, that the only way to overcome evil, is with good. And the way this woman is going about it, is not good.

It seems as though politicians anymore just walk over others to get what they want. But this, what this woman is doing with this ad, is going beyond.....beyond. We all know that abortion is the killing of children. It is a reality. But this woman, with this ad, she is exploiting and walking over, the souls of dead little babies to further her career. It is sick. And the people that are allowing this to air over tv is even sicker. I don't think that it is....what is this world coming to? is what are we, the people in this world, coming to.....God have mercy on us all.

Posted by: claudia443 | October 19, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Another tea-party crazy let out of the mental institution....

Posted by: lacy35 | October 20, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

I, as a Republican, can not believe that this woman did that. She should absolutely be ashamed of herself. To have your beliefs is a privilege, to display them on TV where children can see this is a disgrace. She is a disgrace to the GOP and a disgrace as a human being. I wish she could be removed as a candidate all together.

Posted by: JLM111 | October 21, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

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