NEW Murray Campaign Ad: U.S. Army Veteran: MAGA Republican Tiffany Smiley’s Big Lie a “Direct Threat to our Elections and our Democracy”

Press Release | September 9, 2022

ICYMI: On CNN this weekend, Tiffany Smiley would not admit Biden was legitimately elected — asked three times by Dana Bash
Smiley attended MAGA Leadership Convention in 2018, campaigned for Donald Trump in 2020, said it would be “awesome” to have Trump’s endorsement
New ad comes as Tiffany Smiley is increasingly getting national attention for attempting to hide her extreme anti-democracy views

**Watch new ad HERE**

(Seattle, WA) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) launched a new TV ad featuring former U.S. Army Captain Chris Franco speaking direct-to-camera about the threats MAGA Republicans like Tiffany Smiley pose to U.S. democracy by backing former President Donald Trump’s dangerous Big Lie about the 2020 election. Franco, who is from Renton, served in the Army with distinction for eight years and achieved the rank of captain by the end of his service. 

“I proudly served our nation and fought for freedom abroad. I never expected to see our Temple of Democracy ransacked here at home,” former U.S. Army Captain Chris Franco says in the ad. “It’s so dangerous that MAGA Republicans like Mitch McConnell’s handpicked candidate Tiffany Smiley continue to question the 2020 election. Their big lie is a direct threat to our elections and our Democracy. Join me in defending America. Say no to Tiffany Smiley before it is too late.”

Murray’s new ad comes in the wake of Tiffany Smiley drawing national press attention for removing the “ELECTION INTEGRITY” section of her website and replacing it with a far more sanitized version after Washington’s primary election.

Smiley’s website page previously stated that “The 2020 election raised serious questions about the integrity of our elections” and that “courts have an obligation to give all evidence of voter fraud a full and fair hearing” — despite the fact that allegations of voter fraud have been repeatedly and systematically debunked, and voter fraud is proven to be exceptionally rare. Smiley, who attended the MAGA Leadership Summit in 2018 and campaigned for Donald Trump in 2020, has also said it would be “awesome” to have Donald Trump’s endorsement. 

In a CNN interview on Sunday, Tiffany Smiley refused to admit that President Biden was fairly elected — even after being asked three times by CNN host Dana Bash.

According to a recent analysis by FiveThirtyEight, 49 percent of Republican nominees advancing to the 2022 general election fully deny the results of the 2020 election, and a recent NPR/Ipsos poll found that 64 percent of Americans believe U.S. democracy “is in crisis and at risk of failing.”

Senator Murray voted to impeach former President Trump for his role in inciting violence and attempting to prevent the certification of the 2020 election; she was also one of the first to call for former President Trump’s removalunder the 25th Amendment after the January 6th insurrection. Murray previously recounted her escape from the violent mob in the U.S. Capitol on January 6th in a lengthy interview with PBS NewsHour.