American Bridge, the pro-Democrat Super PAC that prides itself on opposition research and has made a name tracking Republican candidates and officeholders at quite literally every turn, has caused a firestorm of controversy after sending a tracker to a memorial service for the late Ray Burton Saturday.
News first broke that the group had jumped the shark by way of Twitter, from WMUR’s James Pindell.
“Put away your damn camera taping Kelly Ayotte and others,” read the tweet in part.
The backlash has been swift and topped of Monday by the New Hampshire Republican Party banning American Bridge from all future Granite State events.
“It is disgusting that a Democrat-affiliated group like American Bridge would politicize a memorial service and use this non-partisan event to try and score cheap political points,” stated chairman Jennifer Horn. “Clearly this classless liberal political organization has crossed the line, and as a result of its outrageous behavior, American Bridge trackers are immediately banned from all New Hampshire Republican State Committee sponsored events. Additionally, we will encourage all candidates, and local Republican committees to remove American Bridge staff from their events.”
The group has previously been dubbed “the opposition research hub of the Democratic fundraising apparatus” by Roll Call and the AP reported it was set to push Hillary Clinton for 2016.
Crashing the memorial service for a beloved public figure can now be added to the group’s credentials.
Pindell’s tweet can be viewed below:
— James Pindell (WMUR) (@JamesPindell) December 14, 2013
Update: Following intense backlash and criticism, American Bridge issued an apology Monday, chalking the tracker’s presence at the memorial service to an internal miscommunication. “There was a miscommunication with our staff on the ground in New Hampshire that led to this unfortunate mistake. We sincerely apologize and regret the error. Our staff has addressed the issue internally in order to ensure this never happens again,” read one of a series of tweets explaining the error.