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Tester tugs at heartstrings in latest Montana political ad

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A wounded soldier is featured in U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's latest campaign ad.


By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org

HELENA — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s seventh ad of the election cycle is a tearjerker, tinged with politics.

The commercial discusses Tester’s visits with Tomy Parker, a veteran injured while serving in Afghanistan. Parker’s parents, Lisa and Tim Corbett, talk about the senator’s visits with their son.

“Throughout Tomy’s rehab, Jon kept calling — motivating him,” said Tom Corbett.

Corbett’s father says Tester’s motives for the visits were pure. “No reporters, just Jon making sure Tomy had the care he deserved,” he said.

Parker’ mother caught some of the visits on camera. The ad features four different pictures of Tester spending time with the soldier in the hospital and in what appears to be a rehabilitation facility.

Tester’s spokesman Aaron Murphy did not return a request for comment.

Roll Call reports the Tester campaign is spending $60,000 to push the commercial on broadcast and cable channels.

Tester’s challenger for the U.S. Senate seat, Republican U.S. House Rep. Denny Rehberg, has released two ads, both attack pieces.

UPDATE: The original version of this story misidentified Parker and misstated who took the photograph.