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Old April 23rd, 2006, 08:05 PM   #10
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A recent DeVos ad, where the candidate for governor claims he is responsible for the re-development of downtown Grand Rapids, has caused a bit of a stir. The state Democrats are saying that DeVos is pulling the ad.

An article about the ad from the GR Press via Michigan Live:

Visonary or revisionist? Dick DeVos a major player, but some say ad goes too far
Friday, April 07, 2006
By Ted Roelofs
The Grand Rapids Press

The latest TV spot by GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos comes with a bold claim:

"Dick DeVos turned Grand Rapids around," it states on an introduction to the ad on the candidate's Web site.

The 30-second ad, which first aired around the state last week, contrasts a bleak black-and-white city -- empty, crumbling buildings -- that morphs into a colorful metropolis, with shots of the Amway Grand Plaza, the downtown campus of Grand Valley State University, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Children's Hospital.

The video ("Grand Turnaround"):

The Democrats write-up:

News from
Contact: Jason Moon
April 17, 2006

Stung by Criticism, DeVos Pulls Misleading TV Ad

Father says ad takes “political license” with the truth

LANSING-Responding to a barrage of criticism about its accuracy, including from his own father, GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos today pulled his TV ad taking credit for revitalizing downtown Grand Rapids. Numerous media outlets, former employees and Richard DeVos Sr. said that Dick DeVos was exaggerating the facts. DeVos Sr. said his son took “a little political license” in taking credit for the revitalization. In his new ad “Back to Work,” DeVos again tries to mislead and deceive the public. He claims he was a successful businessman when he has record of cutting Michigan employees and claims he has a vision for Michigan when he still doesn’t have an economic plan or a solution to any problem facing the state.
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