BOISE -- Controversy is brewing over a campaign ad NewsChannel 7 examined earlier this month.
TJ Thomson, a member of the Ada County 2010 Minnick Campaign Committee, and Boise City Council member, wrote on his Facebook page this week that Democrat Walt Minnick should pull his TV ad attacking opponent Raul Labrador.
The ad in question focuses on Labrador's work as an immigration attorney.
Thomson is seen at beginning of the Minnick ad. He posted this comment on his Facebook page Monday, "I agree the ad is in poor taste. Just keep in mind that Walt Minnick has voted with the Progressives in the high 60%'s. Labrador will likely run in the teens or less. I support Walt Minnick, but like any other candidate; I dont support e..." the post then cuts off.
In another comment he said, "Thanks, Will. Hope you are doing well. I agree the ad is not a good one, and should be pulled. I believe a compare-contrast with Raul Labrador can be handled much better by looking at fiscal policies and stances on education and veterans issues."
We called Thomson for an on-camera interview, but he declined.
Instead he gave us this statement, "I am not a fan of any negative political ads, and my comments regarding any such ad would be the same regardless of the candidate. However, I will note that I have since looked at the content of this particular ad in great detail, tracing quotes used in the ad to their primary source, and found it to be factual in nature. I believe that Raul Labrador should focus on solutions to build a stronger, better Idaho, rather than spend his time on Facebook. I remain deeply committed to the Walt Minnick campaign and believe he is leading the State of Idaho in the right direction. His commitment to Veterans, education, and fiscal responsibility are second to none. I stand with Walt Minnick."
For more on KTVB's coverage of Walt Minnick's ad, see the related stories.