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Dem challenger Martha Robertson plays fat card on incumbent Tom Reed (#NY23)

Dem challenger Martha Robertson plays fat card on incumbent Tom Reed (#NY23)

New TV ad uses 2011 photo prior to Reed’s gastric bypass surgery.

Tom Reed used to be heavy.

Very heavy.

Then he had gastric bypass surgery in February 2013, and now he’s quite lean:

Tom Reed Buffalo News Gastric Bypass 2013

It’s not hard to find photos of the thin Tom Reed:

Tom Reed Floor of Congress Taxes

Reed is being challenged by Martha Robertson, whose campaign is in deep trouble as reported by every independent analyst, even though Robertson is the recipient of DCCC and out of state money, including a fundraising visit by Nancy Pelosi.

When candidates are in trouble, they do desperate things.

Robertson’s campaign is playing the fat card on Reed, using a photo of him that portrays him as his former fat self.  [See featured image]

The photo is from 2011:

Tom Reed 2011 photo

Really, they dug back to 2011 to find a fat photo of Reed.

Tellingly, the commercial is titled “Himself.”

Here it is. The usual stuff that will be fact checked, for sure.

But it’s the fat photo that sets the tone of the commercial.


The Reed campaign sent the following statement:

“Like many folks, Tom struggled with his weight for years, and was able to overcome it,” said Katherine Pudwill. “It’s unfortunate that Robertson would misrepresent Tom in this way and attack him for a personal battle that many people can relate to.”


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Typical bigoted, hateful anti-fat spew from the smug skinnies.

How out-of-date were those photos of the “child” Trayvon Martin?

Or of some of the children “killed” in the latest Gaza war?

Out-of-date photos, out-of-date ideas. The Democratic Party remains stuck in the past.

Henry Hawkins | August 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm

‘Fat cat’. Yes, we get it, Ms. Martha. Powerful stuff. This ad will change everything.

Martha Robertson is in a race to the moral bottom with Wendy Davis of Texas.

According to the CDC, more than one-third (or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.

So OK … go ahead and make fun of them, at your own risk.

Palm-Slapped-to-Forehead…. these are the same progs that don’t hesitate to break out ‘binders full of women’ and endless accusations of racism and sexism and whatevzism.

The hypocrisy bends my mind.

He could always claim he lost weight from dodging Nancy Pelosi during her dementia episodes.

Tom Reed has a weak record from any political perspective. Two plus terms is enough.

BannedbytheGuardian | August 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm

So now he wastes most of his food as it bypasses instead of being digested.

Could not he just eat less?

    someone does not understand the real issues involved in obesity. It is obscene to pontificate about what causes someone to become overweight. It is doubly obscene to not know how gastric bypass works.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Aussie. | August 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Kilo joules in = kilo joules out . It is no more than an equation that has served humanity for 60,000 years. Not enough in = dead . Too much in = fat .

      List your great new evolution tenets hat negate this .

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Aussie. | August 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      In fact Instapundit has highlighted the new wristbands that are based exactly on this . After you enter your weight height etc it calculates a basic metabolic rate . ( bigger people including obese use up more just existing so there goes the different for them ) .

      Depending on your goal either to add , maintain or lose body mass it calculates kilo joules in & kilo joules put .it gives you updates during the day & warnings where you are off the plan eg you needto walk 1800 steps before next eating .

      Prof says his sister has lost 24ilbs in 3 months. Al for a cost of about $150 .

      Gastric bypass for obese also uses the fat non absorption drugs so that if they eat an icecreme the fat slides straight out . It is the likelihood of leakage that stops them eating fat.

I don’t see the problem here. Reed opens the commercial with a fat pic that’s still more attractive than the one of Martha Robertson that ends the commercial.

That woman could eat an apple through a picket fence. As such, she shouldn’t be falsely pointing her bony fingers at anyone.

She played the desperation card, as most liberals will be doing this election cycle (and likely the next).