Dale Crafts’ law and order campaign ad labeled false by Rep. Jared Golden

Echoing the lead of President Trump, the first TV ad by the campaign of Dale Crafts, the Republican U.S. House challenger in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, invokes law and order.The 30-second spot called “Outrage” begins with images of police brutality protests that ended with vandalism and looting and then dissolved to headshots of Rep. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota.”There are extreme liberals who want to defund the police, and Jared Golden sides with them,” the narrator says, referring to freshman Democrat Rep. Jared Golden.The ad then claims during his two years in the U.S. House, Golden has voted to restrict federal funding for state and local police, to reduce drug enforcement funding and to support “sanctuary cities” that limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Crafts appears on camera at the end approving the ad and says, “I’ll always support our police – always.”Golden’s campaign says all of the ad’s claims about him are untrue.The main police reform bill passed by the House this year was the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, named after the 46-year-old, unarmed Black man who died on May 25 while handcuffed in the custody of Minneapolis police officers (in Rep. Omar’s district).The bill, House Resolution 7120, aims to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, like the one Louisville police used to enter the home of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician, shot and killed on March 13, to mandate racial bias training, require lethal force be used only as a last resort and establish a national database of police misconduct.The Fraternal Order of Police supported the bill, which passed the House 236-181 on June 26 with Golden’s vote. The bill would allocate $1.1 billion over five years to train police in violence de-escalation techniques, according to the Congressional Budget Office.After passage, Golden issued a written statement about law enforcement, saying, “I am grateful for the work they do and strongly disagree with the rhetoric used by those who seek to malign all police officers or ‘defund the police.’ That is the wrong approach.”Golden is now sponsoring the Defund Cities Who Defund the Police Act to withhold federal grants from any city that might fully defund or disband its police department.The Crafts campaign provided WMTW a six-page memo supporting the claims in its ad, including the statement that the Floyd Justice in Policing Act “would withhold funding from police departments if they didn’t meet certain criteria.”However, neither a summary of the bill produced by the Congressional Research Service nor an article cited by the campaign memo support that assertion.“It would restrict a number of policing practices by federal law enforcement agencies and state and local agencies that receive federal funding,” wrote Congressional Quarterly.When it comes to drug trafficking, Golden’s campaign said he has voted to increase funding to stop it, for example, this year, when he supported a $2.7 billion budget for the Drug Enforcement Administration, $34.5 million more than the agency received last year.The Crafts campaign pointed to a different appropriations bill amendment Golden opposed that it said had sought to give border patrol agents more resources to combat drug smuggling and human trafficking.Golden’s campaign cited numerous votes it said were consistent with funding immigration enforcement and against establishing sanctuary cities. For example, the campaign pointed to his vote for a $22.5 billion appropriation in 2019 for border security that funded 55 new miles of barrier construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.In the Maine state House of Representatives, the Crafts campaign said, Golden twice voted against “anti-sanctuary cities” bills, in 2017 and 2018, that would have compelled local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities or risk losing state funding.Comparing their records in Augusta, Golden’s campaign noted, when Golden and Crafts had served as state lawmakers, Golden voted in 2016 for a $6 million pay raise for State Police, Maine Game Wardens and Maine Parole Officers, and for providing bulletproof vests for Maine law enforcement officers, and Crafts opposed both measures.In a written statement about that, Crafts said, “The Democrats in Augusta under Jared Golden and Sara Gideon’s leadership were all about spend, spend, spend, and I had serious concerns with the price tag of these proposals. As you will see if you look at my entire record, I am a fiscal hawk.”Crafts said he would welcome Golden him to join him on the debate stage. Three debates are scheduled, including one hosted by WMTW.

Echoing the lead of President Trump, the first TV ad by the campaign of Dale Crafts, the Republican U.S. House challenger in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, invokes law and order.

The 30-second spot called “Outrage” begins with images of police brutality protests that ended with vandalism and looting and then dissolved to headshots of Rep. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota.

“There are extreme liberals who want to defund the police, and Jared Golden sides with them,” the narrator says, referring to freshman Democrat Rep. Jared Golden.

The ad then claims during his two years in the U.S. House, Golden has voted to restrict federal funding for state and local police, to reduce drug enforcement funding and to support “sanctuary cities” that limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Crafts appears on camera at the end approving the ad and says, “I’ll always support our police – always.”

Golden’s campaign says all of the ad’s claims about him are untrue.

The main police reform bill passed by the House this year was the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, named after the 46-year-old, unarmed Black man who died on May 25 while handcuffed in the custody of Minneapolis police officers (in Rep. Omar’s district).

The bill, House Resolution 7120, aims to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, like the one Louisville police used to enter the home of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician, shot and killed on March 13, to mandate racial bias training, require lethal force be used only as a last resort and establish a national database of police misconduct.

The Fraternal Order of Police supported the bill, which passed the House 236-181 on June 26 with Golden’s vote.

The bill would allocate $1.1 billion over five years to train police in violence de-escalation techniques, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

After passage, Golden issued a written statement about law enforcement, saying, “I am grateful for the work they do and strongly disagree with the rhetoric used by those who seek to malign all police officers or ‘defund the police.’ That is the wrong approach.”

Golden is now sponsoring the Defund Cities Who Defund the Police Act to withhold federal grants from any city that might fully defund or disband its police department.

The Crafts campaign provided WMTW a six-page memo supporting the claims in its ad, including the statement that the Floyd Justice in Policing Act “would withhold funding from police departments if they didn’t meet certain criteria.”

However, neither a summary of the bill produced by the Congressional Research Service nor an article cited by the campaign memo support that assertion.

“It would restrict a number of policing practices by federal law enforcement agencies and state and local agencies that receive federal funding,” wrote Congressional Quarterly.

When it comes to drug trafficking, Golden’s campaign said he has voted to increase funding to stop it, for example, this year, when he supported a $2.7 billion budget for the Drug Enforcement Administration, $34.5 million more than the agency received last year.

The Crafts campaign pointed to a different appropriations bill amendment Golden opposed that it said had sought to give border patrol agents more resources to combat drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Golden’s campaign cited numerous votes it said were consistent with funding immigration enforcement and against establishing sanctuary cities. For example, the campaign pointed to his vote for a $22.5 billion appropriation in 2019 for border security that funded 55 new miles of barrier construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In the Maine state House of Representatives, the Crafts campaign said, Golden twice voted against “anti-sanctuary cities” bills, in 2017 and 2018, that would have compelled local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities or risk losing state funding.

Comparing their records in Augusta, Golden’s campaign noted, when Golden and Crafts had served as state lawmakers, Golden voted in 2016 for a $6 million pay raise for State Police, Maine Game Wardens and Maine Parole Officers, and for providing bulletproof vests for Maine law enforcement officers, and Crafts opposed both measures.

In a written statement about that, Crafts said, “The Democrats in Augusta under Jared Golden and Sara Gideon’s leadership were all about spend, spend, spend, and I had serious concerns with the price tag of these proposals. As you will see if you look at my entire record, I am a fiscal hawk.”

Crafts said he would welcome Golden him to join him on the debate stage. Three debates are scheduled, including one hosted by WMTW.