Texas City Councilman Ron Kelly used a stock photo from iStock in a Facebook political advertisement citing his “broad support” from diverse individuals within the community.
A Texas politician claimed his “campaign has broad support from people of different religions, nationalities, skin colors, and political affiliation” in a Facebook advertisement, and as evidence he used a photo titled “Smiling Group of Ethnically Diverse Businessman and Businesswomen” from the stock photography website iStock.
While his assertion may be true, the use of a stock photo to prove his point seems ill conceived.
Kelly is running for reelection as a City Councilman in Plano, Texas, where he has been endorsed by local media, and campaigns for the city to keep its status quo.
The Dallas Morning News endorsed him for reelection in a gushing article:
Plano City Council member Ron Kelley has been on the front lines of the development battles. As the city continues its long-running debate on housing density, his experience will be important to finding balance between preparing for a more-diverse population and maintaining a suburban feel. Voters should give Kelley another term in Place 5.
The 56-year-old, who runs a nonprofit religious group that provides career transition and financial services, touts a record of voting against apartment projects. But he’s open to mixed-use projects that would provide more units in an urban-style setting, mixed with retail shops and restaurants, in areas the city needs to develop, such as the proposal to revamp Collin Creek Mall. He touts that development as a key to revitalizing that portion of the city.
His primary opponent, Shelby Williams, has the support of a conservative coalition including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and he is campaigning on reducing or freezing the large property taxes in the city. Williams was “was recruited to run by staunch conservative groups,” something the local media appears to be attempting to use against him.
On his Facebook Page, Williams mocked Kelly’s use of the stock photo.
“In addition to the numerous Plano citizens from all walks of life, and all corners of the globe, I am especially proud to have the support of the very same stock-photo as my opponent!” Williams added, “We can all live in harmony if we simply pony up a few bucks to iStockPhoto!”
WATCH: Joe Biden Reads Teleprompter Incorrectly: “I Got to the Senate 180 Years Ago”
That kind of experience is unmatched.
Joe Biden stated that he “got to the Senate 180 years ago” when delivering a scripted campaign speech from a room in his Delaware home on Saturday.
Joe Biden: “I got to the Senate 180 years ago.” That would’ve been in 1840 when Martin Van Buren was President. pic.twitter.com/wCeF9Uq9in
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 27, 2020
That would’ve been in 1840, when Martin Van Buren was President. There were 52 Senators at the time, and the Democratic Party controlled the chamber, with a Whig minority in opposition. Biden was talking about supporting first responders and firefighters, who would’ve existed in a vastly different capacity in the mid-19th century.
Biden did laugh a little bit after he made the error, which seems to have stemmed from faulty teleprompter instructions or Biden simply misreading the screen in front of him.
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 26, 2020
Biden’s campaign appearances have been almost entirely scripted as of late, with the Democratic Party’s elder figure even going so far as reading from a teleprompter during interviews.
It’s very sad that the Democratic Party elite and Joe Biden’s handlers have allowed this to continue. A man with an arguably severe level of cognitive decline should not be the President of a nation of 330 million people. That is not right.
However, you almost can’t blame them for binding him concisely to the words on the teleprompter. Unscripted campaign appearances have proved to be even more of a disaster, with Biden forgetting the words to the Pledge of Allegiance in a campaign speech earlier this week, for example.
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