Someone Please Explain This to Mark Oxner.
In 2010, my opponent Dan Fanelli ran a TV ad arguing that white people should not be “pulled out of line at the airport,” because it’s an “invasion of our privacy,” and it’s “time to stop political correctness.”
Apparently, Fanelli had never heard of white terrorists Timothy McVeigh or Ted Kaczynski. But he may have heard later about Jared Loughner, who killed six people in his attempted assassination of Rep. Gabby Giffords, and Anders Breivik, who killed 93 people in Norway.
Well, the Silly Season is upon us again. My opponent Mark Oxner has topped Dan Fanelli.
The ad does feature some utterly incoherent, random references to “corporate subsidies,” “free healthcare,” bank bailouts, “the 99 percent,” Guy Fawkes, Cialis and “my husband’s solar company.” Much like a fevered, quick-cut dream of a junkie, strung out on meth. Or Glenn Beck. One or the other.
But the centerpiece of the ad is a maniacal photoshopped image of President Barack Obama, shouting “uh, no questions on this ship.” Plus a tight close-up of two 10-year-old white girls, in chains, rowing furiously. And in case you missed that oh-so-subtle point, there are balloons with the President’s campaign logo gently floating up and down, and the ship is called the “U.S.S. Obamaboat.”
In other words, prejudiced, demented garbage.
And I’m in the ad; my head is photoshopped onto the body of a parrot. Because, as everyone knows, I never have any thoughts of my own.
When Oxner posted this ad on YouTube, he understandably disabled the “like/dislike” ratings function, perhaps knowing that in Fanelli’s case, “dislike” beat out “like” by 10-to-1. Oxner also has assiduously deleted the cascade of criticism that was posted.
But he can’t censor the entire Internet. What did people say about Oxner’s ad? Well, I’ll give you a hint. If you google “Oxner racist,” you get 26,000 hits. Alternet called it “overt racism.” The Huffington Post called it “bizarre.” Facebook, without even bothering to comment on it, simply banned it.
Why is Mark Oxner running for Congress? Because KKK Grand Wizard David Duke isn’t a Florida resident?
I try really hard to give people good reasons to vote for me. Things I stand for. Things I care about. Things I’ve done. Things I’m going to do. But Mark Oxner has provided one of the best reasons I can think of: if I’m elected to Congress in November, then Mark Oxner won’t be.
We have set up a special ActBlue page, in honor of Mark Oxner, called “Beat the Bigot.” Because in every election, even if there isn’t always someone to vote for, there’s always someone to vote against. If you are just as disgusted with racist cranks like Mark Oxner as I am, then click here, and do something about it.