The first ad mentioning Rep. Anthony Weiner’s scandal has hit the airwaves, calling on members of Congress need to focus on cutting government spending and not on their tawdry sex lives.“In a time of record debt, some in Congress are not taking the spending crisis seriously,” begins the video, produced Ending Spending, a 501(c)(4) run by Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts.Rolling through a few recent sex and sexting scandals – former Sens. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) – before hitting Weiner, the ad from the conservative group takes Congress to task for getting caught up in members’ private lives rather than working to solve the country’s fiscal challenges.
“John Edwards sex tape with a campaign aide, indicted on federal charges,” a voiceover says. “Sen. Ensign’s tawdry affair with his chief of staff’s wife, pays to keep her quiet. Married Congressman Lee, resigns after topless photo on Craigslist.”
“And now, Weinergate. Lewd photos sent to college students, explicit photos,” the video says, flashing a headline from Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government, “Deja Vu: Another Congressman Bares Naked Torso (and more) for Online Pal.”“One lie after the next,” the narration closes. “Next time, congressmen, please just show us your plan for ending spending.”