North Carolina Republican Runs Ad Against “Ground Zero Victory Mosque”

Back in June, you may recall, North Carolina Democrat Bob Etheridge distinguished himself by being caught on camera berating a young man who was trying to asking him a question. Now, his Republican opponent has made her own splash in national politics by running an ad against what she calls the “Ground Zero Victory Mosque:”

Nurse Renee Ellmers (R) has gone up with an ad that places the mosque near Ground Zero in New York at the center of her campaign against Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.).

“After the Muslims conquered Jerusalem and Cordoba and Constantinople, they built victory mosques and now they want to build a mosque near Ground Zero,” says an announcer. The video features paintings depicting the various conquests and slasher movie-style theme music. “Where does Bob Etheridge stand, he won’t say, won’t speak out, won’t take a stand,” the announcer continues.

Ellmers chimes in, “The terrorists haven’t won, and we should tell them in plain English, ‘No, there will never be a mosque at Ground Zero.'”


Not surprisingly, Ellmers has been endorsed by Sarah Palin. However, both Charlie Cook and Larry Sabato list the race as “Likely Democratic,” which probably explains why Ellmers is tossing a vile message like this into the race.

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  1. <a href=””>Ugh</a>.

  2. Well, that didn’t work to well, did it?  =)

  3. John Burgess says:

    No, but the ‘Ugh’ came through just fine!

  4. Nick Wilbar says:

    Good God… there are a set of fairly coherent reasons for which the Mosque should not go up near Ground Zero… victory mosques and conquests, however, are not among them… the Arab conquests (note: Arab, not specifically Muslim…i.e. the conquests were not inherent to Islam, but the product of an Arab migration already underway at the time of Muhammad’s prophecy) came at an historical juncture when, unsurprisingly, there were no Islamic religious establishments in either Jerusalem or Cordoba… that those Arabs who remained in the newly conquered territories might, therefore, build themselves a place of worship ought not come as a huge surprise… For what I believe are a pretty cogent set of reasons, I, personally, feel that the Mosque near Ground Zero ought to be moved… Ellmers, though, appears to be simply bigoted, uneducated, or, as may well be the case, both. The issues surrounding Islam’s place in the American social sphere are on the precipice of transcending mere politicking and, if left unimpeded, seem likely to become a hugely destructive force in country’s public life… But what do I know… Perhaps the election will pass, the economy will get better and, inshallah, all of this will blow over… somehow, I sort of doubt it.  

  5. Beregond says:

    I’m in the next district over so I saw it on TV as it first appeared on Thursday night. (Local inserts by the cable company during Special Report on Fox News in the 6 pm hour.) It immediately struck me as a waste of money. If you want and/or need to do negative ads Etheridge has plenty to attack. (I got to vote against him once ten years ago before they regerrymandered after the 2000 census.)
    Lost in all of this is what she’s going to do to help improve things for the US so that we won’t have a 9.7% unemployment rate, to create an environment where the local high tech employers stop fleeing overseas, and better represent us.
    I’d vote against Etheridge if I lived a couple of miles east, but I’d rather have someone I wanted to vote for.