Thursday, June 22, 2006

Grand Old Police Blotter: Republican Family Values Crossover Edition

We may have found a Gore-hater even more depraved than Deb Saunders and the late Michael Kelly:

EDINBURG -- Political consultant and ad producer Carey Lee Cramer is expected to testify today defending himself against charges he sexually molested two young girls.

Cramer, 44, took the stand shortly before court recessed at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. He will likely continue today before Visiting Judge Homer Salinas in Auxiliary Court A, where his trial began June 7.

Cramer, who gained national notoriety with an anti-Al Gore commercial in 2000, is facing several counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.


[Cramer's attorney] has argued the girls' allegations are false and stem from a custody battle over the son Cramer has with Whittaker. During her testimony, the girl denied lying for Whittaker and inventing the allegations.

Another 15-year-old testified that Cramer touched her genital area one time when she was visiting the family in Mercedes. Cramer's alleged victims are relatives.

In 2000, Cramer produced an anti-Al Gore television ad accusing the Clinton-Gore administration of giving nuclear technology to China in return for campaign contributions.

Cramer's commercial showed a young girl picking daisy petals and ends with a nuclear blast, a remake of a 1964 ad by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson's campaign against Republican Barry Goldwater. Cramer's ad made national news, though he refused to identify who financed the commercial. One of the girls in the ad stands as his accuser now.

More here.

Cramer is even raising a wingnut talking point in his own defense, namely, that he is the victim of his ex-wife's child custody tactic. If he beats the rap, and perhaps even if he doesn't, he can hook up with Phyllis Schlafly.

(Link via Shakespeare's Sister.)

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