Democrat Rep. Gary Peters is utilizing his Washington DC legal counsel to intimidate and silence Julie Boonstra, a Michigan mother battling leukemia, after she spoke out in a televised advertisement about the fact that her insurance plan was cancelled due to the Affordable Care Act.
Through his legal team, Rep. Peters, who is currently running to fill Carl Levin’s old Senate seat, demanded that stations stop running the Americans For Prosperity (AFP) testimonial ad or risk the loss of their FCC license.
A letter from Rep. Peter’s lawyers read,”For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station should immediately require AFP to provide the factual documentation for its claims if you are going to continue airing this advertising.”
The letter also expresses a not-so-veiled threat to the TV stations that are airing this spot:
You have an obligation ‘to protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising’…Failure to prevent the airing of ‘false and misleading advertising’ may be ‘probative of an underlying abdication of licensee responsibility’ that can be cause for the loss of a station’s license.
Americans For Prosperity Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom issued the following statement:
The fact that Representative Peters would sic his legal team on a Michigan mother battling cancer to muzzle her tells you everything you need to know about his record of putting politics over people.
Julie Boonstra was brave enough to tell her story about how Obamacare is making her life worse and instead of offering compassion and solutions, Rep. Peters responded with intimidation.
Rep. Peters is an unwavering supporter of Obamacare and now he won’t take responsibility for the devastating impact it’s having on millions of Americans just like Julie.
This attack on her credibility is disgusting, unwarranted, and inexcusable. Congressman Peters and his indecent campaign team should be ashamed of themselves.
Rep. Gary Peters has been an ardent support of ObamaCare, and now he doesn’t want to be held accountable. The Democrats obviously do not want the voters to hear what Boonstra has to say.
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