Candidate says campaign ad is offensive to disabled veterans

State Rep. Jim Baird says this ad from a Super PAC is offensive to disabled veterans.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - An election ad that you may have received in the mail is getting a lot of criticism.

Some call it insensitive, others say it's just plain offensive.

The ad was sent out by Citizens for a Strong America, a Super PAC out of North Carolina. The mailer says Indiana's gas tax increase cost Hoosiers an arm and a leg.

It attacks State Rep. Jim Baird, who lost his left arm serving combat duty in the Vietnam War. Baird is running in a crowded race to become the Republican nominee for Congress in Indiana's 4th District.

He told Eyewitness News the ad disrespects disabled veterans.

"I think it's disrespectful for the services and contributions that veterans have made, including myself, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what they have done and what they've given and what freedoms that we enjoy in this country," Baird said.

The Citizens for a Strong America has not responded to an email from Eyewitness News seeking comment on the controversial ad.

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