We recently asked for a comment from Blumenthal about Carter’s new ad, and we received a response from Marla Romash, a campaign advisor to the Senator. Carter’s campaign then replied to his comment.
Report by Paula Antolini
October 30, 2016 10:20PM EDT
BETHEL ADVOCATE SPECIAL REPORT
Richard Blumenthal Comments on Dan Carter’s New Ad, Carter Replies
On September 22, 2016, Bethel Advocate reported on a new 30-second ad released by CT State Representative Dan Carter, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, against his opponent U. S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. (View ad below.)
The Carter ad states, “Dick Blumenthal always had a lot to say about things that matter most to him but there are some things Senator Blumenthal doesn’t want to talk about.”
The Carter ad then includes:
• Blumenthal declining to comment on a number of issues such as payments to Iran (info. from Wall Street Journal report).
• Blumenthal declining to comment on using the Sandy Hook tragedy to solicit campaign funds.
• Controversy about Blumenthal stating in 2010 that he was in Vietnam in military service.
We recently asked for a comment from Blumenthal about Carter’s new ad, and we received the following response from Marla Romash, a campaign advisor to the Senator:
Here is our campaign’s statement on Rep. Carter’s ad.
“It’s unfortunate he’s launched a completely misleading attack ad. Senator Blumenthal is focused on his work standing up for the people of Connecticut against powerful special interests – and that’s what our ads are about.”
Liz Kurantowicz, Senior Advisor to Carter Campaign, sent us this response to the Blumenthal campaign statement shown above:
“There is nothing remotely misleading about our ad. Senator Blumenthal did in fact lie about serving in Vietnam, he used the tragedy at Sandy Hook to raise campaign funds, and he refuses to answer for his failed policy stances on American dealings with Iran.
“He is a career politician who believes political elites like him live under a different set of rules than the rest of us, just like Dan Malloy and Hillary Clinton.” Liz Kurantowicz, Senior Advisor to Carter Campaign.
“In addition, below I’ve provided the substantiation for our ad.
“Please let me know if you have any further questions.”
The substantiation is below:
Dan Carter for U.S. Senate
VO: Dick Blumenthal always has a lot to say about things that matter most to him
VO: But there are some things Senator Blumenthal doesn’t want to talk about…
Reporter: “…The Wall Street Journal Report about the payments to Iran”
Blumenthal: “I’m not gonna comment on that”
News Anchor: “…The use of the tragedy at Sandy Hook to solicit money for the next political campaign”
Blumenthal: “I’m just not gonna comment further”
Veteran: “…You don’t make a mistake and say you served in Vietnam when you weren’t there at all”
Blumenthal: “I’m just not going to answer any questions”
I’m Dan Carter and I approve this message
 The Hartford Courant. “Blumenthal Declines to Comment on Iran Report” August 4, 2016. http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-blumenthal-declines-to-comment-on-iran-report-20160804-premiumvideo.html
 http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2010/s3018090.htm / http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/nyregion/18blumenthal.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all&referer=