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To: National Republican Senatorial Committee
Demand NRSC Take Down False Exploitative Attack Ad
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is running a false attack ad in the Colorado U.S. Senate race exploiting the tragic explosion of a home in Firestone in 2017 directly caused by negligence on the part of the oil and gas industry. The explosion which killed Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin and seriously injured survivor Erin Martinez. Martinez today asked the NRSC to take this ad off the air, saying the ad "disgraces the memory of Mark and Joey."
"My family and I have worked extremely hard to create positive changes that will keep my story from happening to anyone else and in doing so, honoring the memories of Mark and Joey. Not a single day goes by that we are not heartbroken and struck with unimaginable grief."
The NRSC refused in a statement to take down the ad despite major factual errors and the express wishes of the survivor of the tragedy depicted in the ad.
We demand that the National Republican Senatorial Committee take this false ad off the air immediately and apologize to Erin Martinez.
Why is this important?
The NRSC has taken hundreds of thousands from Occidental/Anadarko Petroleum, the company responsible for the 2017 Firestone home explosion. The claim that Gov. John Hickenlooper did not levy a fine against Anadarko is false. An 18M fine was levied against Anadarko after a nearly three-year investigation into the tragedy initiated by Hickenlooper's administration.
The NRSC is using donations from Occidental/Anadarko to finance an ad making false claims about the response to the Firestone home explosion over the objections of the survivor of the tragedy. This almost incomprehensible act of hypocrisy and malice toward the victims of negligence by the oil and gas industry cannot be allowed to stand.
The NRSC must take this ad down and apologize to Erin Martinez.