Democrat Secretary of State candidate John Fernandez has responded to criticism of his campaign ads by issuing yet another bold promise. Fernandez" current TV ad, which features him vowing to put corporate criminals in jail, has been tagged as over-reaching given the limitations of the office he seeks. Under Indiana law, the functions of the Secretary of State largely do not exceed the role of a business record-keeper. However, Fernandez now has a new ad that takes his aggressive campaign posture even further.
The ad features the candidate standing bare-chested in a battlefield carrying a semi-automatic weapon in one hand and a "potato masher" grenade in the other. "My name is John Fernandez," he says. "And if you elect me to be Indiana"s next Secretary of State, I will personally hunt down and take out Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and any other scumbag who threatens the peace and the sanctity of our not-for-profit incorporation forms." The ad concludes with Fernandez facing the camera, menacingly brandishing a disk whose protection is one of the few official duties of Indiana"s secretary of state. "I"ll let international criminals know," he says. "I have the power of the state seal, and I"m not afraid to use it." In a related matter, at a public appearance at a Crothersville senior citizens" center, Fernandez pledged to pursue legislation that would change the title of the office he seeks to "Thunder God of State."