Rep. Alan Grayson is currently running one of the most over-the-top ads of any serious candidate running for office this cycle — comparing his opponent to an Islamic fundamentalist while showing himself playing with kids. Grayson’s deceptively edited attack ad makes it look like his opponent, Dan Webster, said wives should “submit” to their husbands, according to Factcheck.org.
A female narrator in the the ad, dubbing Webster “Taliban Dan,” says, “Religious fanatics try to take away our freedom, in Afghanistan, in Iran and right here in Central Florida. Daniel Webster wants to impose his radical fundamentalism on us.”
Then the ad shows Webster’s own words: “Wives submit yourself to your own husband.” Later he says, “She should submit to me. That’s in the Bible.” And twice more, he says, “submit to me.”
Turns out Webster was saying the exact opposite. Webster spoke at the Advanced Training Institute regional conference in Nashville in 2009. He said:
So, write a journal. Second, find a verse. I have a verse for my wife, I have verses for my wife. Don’t pick the ones that say, “She should submit to me.” That’s in the Bible, but pick the ones that you’re supposed to do. So instead, “love your wife, even as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it” as opposed to “wives submit to your own husbands.” She can pray that, if she wants to, but don’t you pray it.
Grayson’s other attack ad against Webster, one claiming that his opponent dodged the draft in Vietnam and therefore “doesn’t love the country,” is also false — Webster was disqualified from service on medical grounds when he went in for a physical examination.
What about Grayson’s own positive ads? He just started running one showing him playing with kids on the playground. An ad that Ben Smith notes is very similar to an ad Eliot Spitzer ran in 2006 when he was running for governor.