Heartless Candidate Attacks Opponent’s Heart Transplant

Hotline On Call says of the below ad, “This has to be just about the nastiest piece of direct mail we’ve ever seen.”

Ad Attacks Transplant Victim

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A candidate for State Assembly in the central valley region of CA, Bill Conrad (R) is apparently running on the platform that his opponent won’t survive his term because he had a heart transplant.

Attack line: ‘Tom Berryhill doesn’t have the HEART for State Assembly’

Wow. And this is just the Republican primary.

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  1. Jeff says:

    Could not resist this – but that is heartless!!

  2. Mark says:

    Just think what we would see if Dick Cheney decided to run for President!

  3. Kent says:

    I have mixed feelings. The ad is loathsome — and yet, I’m not sure that the poor health of a candidate isn’t relevant.

    I object to the general tackiness of the ad, plus the junk mathematics of implying that someone whose condition has a 7-year average lifespan has only a year left because it’s been six years.

    The basic objection — that the candidate is in too poor of health for the job — seems like it could be legitimate. Assuming there’s any truth to it.

    Gosh, don’t you hate it when someone raises a (possibly) legitimate point in a vile way?

  4. Eneils Bailey says:

    Conrad has only three years left on his asshole transplant expectancy.

  5. Herb says:


    Conrad did not have a transplant, he was born that way.

  6. Imagine what’s going to happen when he finds out his opponent has a Viagra prescription.