Kerry Kennedy, the niece of the late former President John F. Kennedy, accused Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner of using her uncle’s archival footage in a campaign commercial.
The one-minute ad, which Gardner posted on Twitter on October 20, began with footage of Kennedy’s speech in Pueblo, Colorado, in 1962.
I brought both parties together to finally fulfill a conservation pledge made by John F. Kennedy over 50 years ago in Pueblo, CO â¬ï¸ pic.twitter.com/3NUpEjLwUe
– Cory Gardner (@CoryGardner) October 20, 2020
“In 1962 John F. Kennedy made a promise in Colorado,” the ad said. “It took 50 years to fulfill it, and it took Cory Gardner. ”
The clip dealt with conservation issues that Kennedy talked about over 58 years ago and which, according to Gardner, “were finally fulfilled.
“I brought both parties together to finally fulfill a conservation promise that John F. Kennedy made more than 50 years ago in Pueblo, CO,” Gardner tweeted in a caption that accompanied the ad.
In response, Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and president of the nonprofit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, in a Saturday tweet, responded, “How dare you, Cory Gardner, abuse and misuse the memory of Uncle Jack in this grossly misleading ad? You supported Trump’s decimation of the EPA and fueled global warming”.
“You are a disgrace,” she continued.
How dare you @CoryGardner abuse and misuse the memory of Uncle Jack in this grossly misleading advertisement? You supported the decimation of the EPA Trumps and fueled global warming. You are a disgrace https://t.co/vxFikcyzNI
– Kerry Kennedy (@KerryKennedyRFK) November 1, 2020
The campaign of Cory Gardner and Kerry Kennedy did not respond in time to Tekk.tv’s request for a comment on the publication.
In Colorado, Gardner is running against the former governor of the state, John Hickenlooper.
Two October polls show that the Democratic candidate Hickenlooper has a 9 and 8 percentage points lead.
The first poll, conducted by KUSA/SurveyUSA, showed that Hickenlooper was supported by 48 percent of likely Colorado voters, while Gardner was supported by 39 percent.
The second survey, conducted by the University of Colorado/YouGov, showed similar results. Approximately 48 percent of likely voters supported Hickenlooper, while 40 percent responded in favor of Gardner.
A third October survey published by RBI Strategies and Research showed an even larger lead for Hickenlooper. The survey found that 53 percent of likely Colorado voters plan to vote for Hickenlooper, while only 39 percent plan to vote for Gardner, giving Hickenlooper a 14-point lead.
The survey also found that Hickenlooper is more popular with Colorado voters than Gardner.
A total of 52 percent of likely voters indicated that they were either very or “somewhat” sympathetic to the Democratic candidate, while 41 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of him.
In comparison, 49 percent of likely Colorado voters said they had an unfavorable opinion of Gardner, and only 42 percent said they liked the current senator.
Given Hickenlooper’s current lead, some speculated that the GOP Senate seat would likely be blue.