Democratic rival nabs campaign bloopers of GOP Rep. Gary Miller
The campaign team for Democratic congressional candidate Pete Aguilar, the mayor of Redlands, got its hands on campaign commercial bloopers of Republican rival Rep. Gary Miller of Diamond Bar -- and on Monday took great glee in sharing them with the world.
Miller is shown in a white dress shirt, no tie, in front of a “green screen” at what appears to be a typical commercial shoot for a campaign ad. The outtakes show Miller repeatedly stumbling over his lines and having a little trouble with the teleprompter but nothing that would be considered a major political gaffe or serious foot-in-mouth.
The Aguilar campaign offered a review -- and, as one might expect -- it was thumbs down.
“It shows a guy who is out of touch after years in Washington and who is making fun of what it takes to connect to folks," said Doug Herman, a spokesman for the Aguilar campaign. “His image is contrived to what he thinks it should be, not who he really is.’’
Herman said the outtakes were found on the YouTube channel of the political firm Revolvis Consulting and that the video was publicly available.
In a press released sent out Monday, the Aguilar campaign included screen shots to show that the outtakes were left unprotected and available to anyone to download. The Aguilar campaign posted an edited version of the outtakes on its campaign website and YouTube.
The Miller campaign didn’t flinch and responded by posting the outtakes on Miller's own campaign website.
"You should have seen some of the ones that weren't in the outtakes,'' said Chris Marsh, spokesman for the Miller campaign. "It was a lot of fun making the videos, and even funnier when we got a chance to see them, like the outtakes at the end of a Jackie Chan movie.''
Marsh said the experience taught the congressman two valuable lessons: never to film near an airport and always read what the technician loads into the teleprompter beforehand.
-- Phil Willon in Riverside