I refuse to post the ad from his website, because I don't want him getting the viewership hits, so here it is via youtube:
The ad is titled "Taliban Dan Webster". Because, you know, those republicans are like terrorists, according to Grayson. In it, Webster appears to be giving a speech of some kind, and he is saying "she should submit to me". "Submit to me" is used three more times in the ad. Grayson has also accused Webster of not allowing women to divorce abusive husbands because of his "radical extremist" views.
As usual for Grayson, this ad is chock full of lies and manipulations. The Orlando Sentinel is the one to call him out this time.
As far as not 'allowing' women to divorce abusive husbands goes, apparently Webster is a proponent of "covenant marriage", which is a "legal union of husband and wife that requires premarital counselling, marital counselling if problems occur, and limited grounds for divorce". However, those "limited grounds" include abuse, either physical or sexual, of either wife or children as grounds for divorce, among other things. It is an attempt to make divorce more less of an option, instead relying on counselling to work through problems, but abuse is still grounds for divorce. Radical, I know.
Webster's comment that "she should submit to me - that's in the bible" is taken completely out of context. He was speaking at a couples retreat. Here is what he really said (emphasis mine for context):
"Find a verse. I have a verse for my wife; I have verses for my wife. Don't pick the ones that say, um, she should submit to me. That's in the Bible, but pick the ones that you're supposed to do. So instead, love your wife, even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it, as opposed to wives submit yourself to your own husband. She can pray that if she wants to, but don't you pray it."
As you can see when you hear the entire quote in context, he is advising against using those verses. Grayson's ad is a gross distortion. Period. The blatant manipulation is disgusting.
I received another email from Grayson's campaign crowing that Webster refused to comment on the ad. They are attempting to make it seem that his silence is confirmation, when the reality is that this attack is so low, so egregiously wrong that it doesn't deserve to be addressed. Webster is merely refusing to lower himself to Grayson's level.
One can only hope that, as the real truth about this ad comes out, it hurts Grayson and shows him for the lying, conniving, ethics-free, Pelosi-owned albatross around the neck of the 8th district that he is. If he tries to worm out of the controversy by blaming his staff, there is this politico article that points to Grayson as the main author of his campaign ads. He owns this.
Grayson is a disgrace to District 8, the state of Florida, the House of Representatives and the country in general. He is the poster boy for all that is wrong with partisan politics today. The term 'political hack' is too complimentary for this nasty piece of work. Whereas I was merely embarrassed to be a constituent, now I am disgusted.
Come on, District 8, let's retire this jerk in November!
UPDATE: The GOP is questioning Grayson's stability.
UPDATE II: The Sunshine State poll has Webster up by seven (43-36). This poll was taken before the Taliban Dan ad was exposed as a complete fraud, so hopefully the gap will widen:
Digging deeper, the numbers look even worse for Grayson as 51 percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of the Orlando-area congressman.
"Grayson has real problems here," said Jim Lee, president of Voter Survey Service, which conducted the poll for Sunshine State News.
"He’s even more unpopular than the president, which is not surprising given how controversial he has been with his rhetoric, overall style and TV ads."
Webster has had a financial boon from the ads of about $70,000. Unfortunately, Teacups has a war chest of well over a million, and he is personally very wealthy. If you can contribute to Webster's war chest, please do.