A lazy graphics consultant has caused a PR migraine for David
Dewhurst, candidate for Texas lieutenant governor, former CIA man and
newly appointed head of homeland security for the Lone Star State.
Dewhurst's campaign paints him as a blue-blooded patriot, an image it
tried to drive home with a four-page ad in Texas Monthly touting his
credentials as an American. One of the pages features an earnest-looking
young military man standing in front of an American flag - or at least
you'd think it would.
What it actually features is a picture of a member of the German Air
Force - the Luftwaffe - in front of an American flag. And though the
graphic designer didn't notice the difference in uniform, just enough
people in the press did.
Dewhurst himself is declining comment, but a campaign aide told the
Dallas Morning News that "the graphics consultant has been dealt with
The aide then clicked the heels of his boots, shouted something in
German, and saluted. Probably.