VIDEO: Political ad in Texas attorney general race causing confusion

Published on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:20 - Written by

TYLER (KYTX) - Early voting begins Monday for the primary runoff election -- happening next week. And we're used to seeing political t-v ads in which candidates take jabs at one another. But a new ad in the hotly contested race for Texas attorney general -- is doing more than just causing tempers to flare.

A new ad sponsored by attorney general candidate Dan Branch against his opponent Ken Paxton is a bit out of the norm. It shows a 30 second news segment that actually aired on a t-v news station in Dallas -- dealing with allegations against Paxton.

It's more than just a news story about allegations against attorney general candidate Paxton. It was turned into a political ad paid for by Texans for Dan Branch -- his opponent in the runoff for the republican nomination. And even though the news clip aired on a Dallas t-v station's news broadcast -- it is now airing across the state on different stations and different network affiliates.

Chris Nesbitt is the CBS 19 general sales manager. He oversees ads that make air. He says while attack ads aren't uncommon -- one of this nature certainly is -- it can take viewers off guard.

"It doesn't have our anchor, it doesn't have our network logo, and we don't want to confuse our viewers."

That Dallas station asked the Branch campaign to pull the ad. But at this point it's still running.

During a campaign stop in Tyler, Branch says the ad uses the news story, to point out alleged instances in which Paxton broke the law.

"His own actions, his own admission, let the facts tell the story to voters... We're not about personal attacks we're about laying forth the records and actions have consequences," said Branch.

In a radio interview with News Talk 790 KFYO in Lubbock, Paxton defended the allegations.

"All I can say is that we found out we made a mistake, and as quickly as we could, we resolved all this stuff in a really short period of time...i want people to know is if we make a mistake, we're not going to run from it. We're going to turn into it, and take care of any mistakes that we make."

Nesbitt says, although the ad is confusing, it's legal.

While the station broadcast is copyrighted material -- it is also illegal for television stations to censor ads placed by political candidates. Although the ad is legal, a re-vamped ad, should be airing sometime this week, it will no longer show the anchor's face -- but you will still hear her voice.