Who “Approves of this Message”?

An Arkansas politician was forced to edit some campaign advertisements because they seemed to suggest he enjoyed the endorsement of state’s flagship university. He does not. According to an article by John Lyon in the Arkansas News:

Republican John Boozman’s U.S. Senate campaign is scrambling to come up with a new television ad to replace one it withdrew in response to objections from the University of Arkansas.

The 3rd District congressman is challenging Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s re-election bid. In his first ad of the general election campaign, Boozman sought to play up his image as a former Razorback football player, but university officials objected to the appearance in the ad of university images and the Razorback logo.

Boozman went to the University of Arkansas from 1970 to 1974. School officials complained that his commercial made it look like the university was endorsing Boozman for Senate.

This is the new version of the commercial, which features a helmet without the Razorbacks logo:

Boozman’s Democratic opponent, incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln, also briefly attended the University of Arkansas.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer