William Petit lost his wife and two daughters during a vicious home invasion in 2007 in which they were raped and murdered. Now, a union group has targeted him in an ad linking him to Trump.
The ad in question, paid for by Labor United for Connecticut, shows a large picture of Donald Trump and says: 'Stop Donald Trump and Republican William Petit's attack on women and families.'
Executive director of SEIU Connecticut State Council, Paul Filson originally defended the ads saying, “We can only imagine the pain that Petit has gone through, and would never target his loss for our political agenda.”
He then added, “It is not intended to reference any personal history. The Facebook post in question holds numerous Connecticut Republicans accountable for their support of Donald Trump and his policies, which independent experts have found to be harmful to women and middle class families.”
According to The Daily Mail Paul Filson, resigned on Thursday after the ad caused an uproar and protests.
“I'm just flabbergasted and appalled that anyone would stoop this low,” Petit said at a news conference.
Hartford Courant reports that this is one of several digital ads targeting about a dozen Republican legislative candidates across the state. Campaign finance filings show the group paid $2,112 for online ads against Petit.
It's been difficult to find anyone in favour of the ad. However, this article by Turtle Boy Sports showcases one individual who is still on board.
SOUND OFF in the comments: are you surprised that a union would target a man who lost his wife and daughters?