2008 Kind of a Stretch?
posted by October 29 at 13:30 PMon
Washington State Democrats are attacking an ad aimed at Christine Gregoire, which they call a “clear violation of state law.” At issue is the use of Gregoire’s face in a circle that resembles the Washington State Seal. The ad is bankrolled by a conservative PAC called That’s Just Not Right.
Democrats point out that under state law, “The state seal shall never be used in a political campaign to assist or defeat any candidate for elective office.” That statute also prohibits using “any symbol that imitates the seal or that is deceptively similar in appearance to the seal, in any manner that would be an improper use of the official seal itself.”
So here’s the ad:
And here’s the state seal:
Although the ad’s implication of a state seal is unmistakable, the actual resemblance is distant. The text and the graphics are different—though Gregoire could make a convincing George Washington—leaving only the similarity of two concentric circles shaded with yellow. This is like when Starbucks said the Rat City Roller Girls’ logo had a ôvery similar look and feel” to the coffee company’s logo. Circles and stars were their idea—and mean girls on skates couldn’t have them. But Starbucks, probably realizing that circles are pretty common design elements, backed off.
So what do you say: Are the Dems crying foul or crying wolf?