Sherrod Brown isn't going to be named one of the country's best-dressed politicians anytime soon. No GQ photoshoot awaits the Senator, who at times can be described as frumpy, disheveled, and unkempt.
Which isn't to say that Brown isn't a fine looking man who suffers from the toll of his job. Yeah, our man could use some fashion tips here and there, but as a whole, he looks fine. Not a hobo, not Beckham.
But the image of Senator Brown that appears in a recent attack ad seems pretty rough. Like, homeless man by the river after a 40 of King Cobra rough. And where was that photo taken? With an infrared camera by Jack Bauer in a CIA detention prison?
Democrats say the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who was responsible for the ad, doctored the photo to make Connie Schultz's husband look more unkempt than usual. As evidence, they point out that Brown doesn't appear unshaven in public, and yet that's exactly how he appears in the clip. Like an alcoholic who emerged from the back of a train after a 48-hour moonshine bender.
J.P. Fielder, a Chamber spokesman, said “I don’t have an answer to where the photo was changed, or if it was.” But he argued that the Democrats’ focus on the photo meant they didn’t want to talk about the substance.
“He is running away from his record,” Fielder said, echoing the main theme of the ad, which also includes imagines of a man running and trying to find a place to hide. “That’s what we do with these ads is educate voters on where candidates stand.”
Sure, that clears it up. You can view the ad for yourself after the jump.