McCain’s Cancer Past Propels PAC Attack Ad


“Another bout of cancer for John McCain while he’s President of the United States would profoundly impact his capacity to lead,” says Dr. Michael D. Fratkin in a new ad on McCain’s past battles with melanoma, a highly deadly skin cancer.

The commercial, put out by Democracy For America and Brave New PAC, takes on McCain’s secrecy surrounding his health, particularly the fact that he’s only given the press three hours to examine his medical records. The narrator concludes “Why won’t John McCain release his medical records?”

The Republican National Committee’s obviously not pleased. Spokesman Danny Diaz has already played up the the fact the Democracy for America is chaired by James Dean, DNC Chairman Howard Dean’s brother. Brave New PAC, meanwhile, is run by filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who also has a non-profit called Brave New Foundation. That foundation’s board is chaired by Lawrence Lessig, who advised Barack Obama during the primaries. Said Diaz:

The fact that Howard Dean’s brother and an adviser to the Obama campaign are behind despicable and cheap smear ads against Senator McCain is deeply disappointing, but in no way surprising. Barack Obama has promised Americans an elevated debate offering nothing but gutter, Chicago-style politics.

Representatives from Democracy For America, the DNC and the Obama campaign have already attempted to defuse criticism and say there has been no communication between the campaign, Howard Dean and the PAC leaders.

Watch the commercial, after the jump.