A Democratic congressional candidate is mincing no words in his latest anti-gun campaign ad. “F— the NRA,” Pat Davis declares in the ad’s first few seconds. And thanks to federal election law, a local CBS affiliate in New Mexico says it is compelled to run the ad, uncensored.
KRQE was set to air the potty-mouthed pol’s message Friday afternoon. In a statement on its website, KRQE General Manager Bill Anderson said they cannot censor the ad because of “federal election rules” that prohibit them from editing political commercials. He said the station planned to run a disclaimer beforehand.
Davis is an Albuquerque city councilor running in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District’s Democratic primary.
“A federal candidate certified to be on the ballot by the secretary of state is a bona fide candidate, and if they have opponents on the air then we are legally obligated to give them access to purchase air time on our station, and legally prohibited from censoring their commercials,” the station’s general manager said.
“We received a request for air time from a legitimate federal candidate for office, and according to federal election rules we are required to give him the same access as his opponents,” Anderson said. “This station, by law, is not permitted to censor or in any way edit this commercial. What we can control however, is the 15 seconds of air time preceding it, which we will use to warn the viewer of a possible offense, disclaim our own views, and cite the federal laws imposed on candidates and tv stations.”