(This update provided by Kristin Bender, our eye on Berkeley…)
Fallout from Berkeley City Council‘s refusal to apologize to the U.S. Marines (after calling them “uninvited and unwelcome intruders”) continues today as the conservative group Move America Forward unveils a new television commercial condemning the council for its anti-military stances.
Move America Forward, which calls itself the largest grassroots pro-troops organization in the country, says the ad will run on cable news channels, and on broadcast network affiliates in the San Francisco Bay Area starting Monday.
The ad features U.S. Army veteran John Bringuel, who served from 1964-1966, and is outraged about the council’s recent decision: “We served this nation to protect ingrates like you and we deserve some respect,” he says. Deborah Johns, the mother of a soldier who is serving in Iraq, says, “Berkeley, you’ve gone too far and we’re not going to take it anymore.”
Move America Forward said city council’s failure to rescind all of its negative resolutions against U.S. Marine Corps recruiting center in downtown Berkeley, and its refusal to apologize, forced its hand. The council voted 7-2 last week to not send a critical letter to the Marines asking them to leave town, but it also shot down a motion to officially apologize.