John Curtis responds to negative ads with comical negative flier-use suggestions


Provo Mayor John Curtis knows how to make junk mail useful — at least that’s what he demonstrates in a video response to negative fliers.

Curtis is one of three Republican candidates vying for votes in the special election for the 3rd Congressional District. Tanner Ainge, who just secured an endorsement from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and Rep. Chris Herrod, a former state lawmaker, are also hoping to fill the seat left empty by former Sen. Jason Chaffetz.

On June 24, a super PAC from outside of Utah donated $123,500 to Herrod in an effort to defeat Curtis. The National Horizon PAC designated $96,000 toward a direct mail piece opposing Curtis while the remaining $27,500 goes toward radio commercials in support of Herrod.

Curtis’ campaign collected some of these mailers and released a video on Thursday detailing voters how they can make those mailers useful.

“Because of my reputation as a problem solver, I’d like to suggest to all these good people what they can do with this junk,” Curtis said in the video.

He then suggests ideas such as using the mailers for mulch or target practice.

As part of his response, Curtis also initiated the hashtag #DontDCmyUtah, inviting citizens to respond with ideas for the change Utah needs.

The primary elections for Utah County are on Aug. 15. Mail-in ballots must be mailed by Aug. 14. To learn more about what to do with your ballots, read more here.

The winner of the GOP primary will go against Democrat Kathie Allen, a Cottonwood Heights physician; new United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett; and several others in November’s special election.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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