Ad Wars: Obama’s ‘Republican’ Woman, Registered as Dem. for Last 6 Years

One of Barack Obama’s recent ads for his re-election campaign is supposed to feature Republican women who have turned away from the GOP to support Obama/Biden. But, as it turns out, one of the women in the ad is not so “Republican” as she’s presented, having been a registered Democrat for the last 6 years — several years longer than Obama has been president.


Still Shot of Fake Obama Republican, Maria Ciano of Colorado

“People like me and my family have realized that the Republican Party once was inline with our views, but are no longer,” Ciano says in the ad.

But Maria Ciano of Colorado has been a registered Democrat since October of 2006 according to her voting records.

This makes her a Democrat since before Obama ever ran for president. This also means that Barack Obama had no role in her decision to become a Democrat and neither did Romney). Her appearance in this Obama ad is specious at best.

After this news broke, John Hinderaker did a bit more legwork and discovered Ciano’s Facebook page. On that page, Ciano lists a long, long string of extremist left-wing groups that she “likes.”

  • Democracy For America
  • Tar Sands Action
  • Amy Goodman
  • Barack Obama
  • Costoftaxcuts.com
  • Being Liberal
  • MoveOn.org
  • Bernie Sanders Tells You A Secret the GOP Would Rather You Didn’t Know
  • Miss Piggy Delivers the Best Takedown of Fox News We’ve Seen All Month
  • Think Progress
  • The Best Quote From Barack Obama We’ve Seen This Week
  • Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Poison America’s Heartland
  • Climate Reality
  • Grist.org
  • The Amazing Victory Scored With Obama That More People Should Be Talking About
  • The Sierra Club
  • The Buffett Rule
  • Obama For America–Colorado
  • UniteWomen.org
  • Denver Young Democrats
  • Obamacare
  • Latinos For Obama
  • Michelle Obama
  • Veterans For Obama
  • I Love It When I Wake Up In the Morning and Obama Is President
  • Obama Truth Team
  • Democratic Party

Nope, not very “Republican” at all, is she?

As Hinderaker says, “There are liars; there are compulsive liars; and then there is the Obama campaign.”

This is exactly right. There is no way at all the Obama’s team didn’t know that Maria Ciano was an out and out Democrat and has been for years.

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  • Digg34

    These tactics worked so well back in 2008. I am sure everyone remembers the democrat contributors uses as plants that claimed to be concerned citizens

  • Brucehenry

    I have a brother-in-law whom I’ve known since high school in the 70s. He was always a Republican until Bush 43. We had quite a few heated discussions throughout the 80s and 90s.

    Then the mendacity of the Iraq War sales job and the alignment of the GOP with religious nuts alienated him. He’s voted Democrat since 2004.He could be in an ad, saying exactly the same words as Ciano, and be entirely truthful. The date of his “conversion” would be irrelevant, as is Ciano’s.

    This article should be entitled “Here’s the Latest Obama ‘Scandal’ You’re Supposed to Care About.”

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Yeah, Bruce. And I’m sure his “Road to Damascus” conversion turned him on to Democracy For America,Tar Sands Action, MoveOn.org, Latinos for Obama, I Love It When I Wake Up In the Morning and Obama Is President, the Sierra Club, etc. Yeah, I’m sure his conversion is just like Maria Ciano’s.
      Or maybe it was just like Delia Ciano, Maria’s mother and also in the ad. She’s the one, I’m sure, who was so instrumental in making Maria’s childhood household so conservative, as Maria mentioned. Well, she converted, too, and her favorite show is Rachel Maddow and she refers to Republicans as “idiots”. It’s amazing how new converts go so crazily over the edge isn’t it, Bruce? I’m sure your brother turned into a real Keith Olbermann fan.Oh, by the way, under your definition, I’m a Democrat for Romney – the fact that my conversion came over 30 years ago, after I grew up, is “irrelevant,” right? So anybody that changed parties at any time could be in a similar ad, be it for the Ds or Rs, right? If Reagan were alive, he could be a Democrat for Romney, too. Now that I think about the ad like you do, Bruce, I think the ad is embarrassingly stupid.

      • Brucehenry

        Don’t know what to tell ya, dude. My brother-in-law, John, used to argue with me at length about the “death tax,” welfare reform, lowering capital gains taxes, yada yada yada. He despised Bill Clinton and his baby-boomer sense of entitlement, even though his personal net worth ballooned in the 1990s. Then came Bush43.

        I don’t think it’s unremarkable that John has expressed some of the same sentiments that Ciano expresses in the ad. And yes, even though I remember a rather unpleasant conversation we had in December 2000 when I disparaged the new Resident, he quickly came to dislike Bush43, and yes, he IS now a member of MoveOn. The conversation we had the morning after the 2004 election was unpleasant, too, but not because we disagreed, but because we were both disappointed and depressed.

        Maybe “irrelevant” wasn’t the right word to use when discussing the date of Ciano’s conversion, but it’s entirely possible that she was a Republican until THE PRESIDENT BEFORE THIS ONE, which is a leeeetle bit different than switching 30 years ago. John was a Republican until 2002 or so. He’s a Democrat now. What of it?

        I don’t know if you remember, but many people changed parties, or at least registered as Democrats, in 2006. It was in all the papers.

        And the woman says she used to be a Republican, and now she’s not. As far as you or I know, that’s 100% true. She doesn’t say her decision to leave the GOP had anything to do with Obama. She doesn’t mention him. Or Romney, for that matter. The point of the ad is that many women find the Republican party to be extreme in a way that it didn’t used to be, and it seeks to persuade other women to feel the same way.

        P.S. to Warner: What makes you think Ciano didn’t see Obama’s keynote speech in 2004 and start considering the Democratic party then? I’m sure if that is the case she’s not alone.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          And it’s possible that she believes in unicorns. Come on Bruce, she and her mother, the one that created the “conservative” household and who now digs Rachel Maddow and calls Rs idiots, just converted for Obama and they still think he’s great? Hell, even libs find him feckless. It’s not like the Obama campaign hasn’t been caught fibbing previously – it’s how they roll.
          And I’m curious – in what way do “women find the Republican party to be extreme in a way that it didn’t used to be”? Did that start before 2008, in 2010, when the Ds got spanked, or more recently?
          And if your brother really is a member of MoveOn, …….well, the less I say the better, I suppose.

          • Brucehenry

            I said the point of the ad is that “many women” find the GOP to be extreme nowadays, not that “women” do. Big difference. And undeniably true.

            There used to be lots of liberal and moderate Republicans. Gerald Ford, Jacob Javits, Dwight Freaking Eisenhower, Bob Packwood, Lowell Weicker, Howard Baker. They’re pretty scarce now, and a new one either retires or gets defeated in a primary to a Tea Party wingnut every month. So, yeah, many women find the GOP a little too extreme nowadays. Many men do, too. Including John (who is my brother-in-law, not my brother.)

            Dennis Miller was pretty liberal until 911. All of a sudden, he was not only a Bush supporter in terms of the war on Terror, he was suddenly a Major Righty. Stuff like this happens all the time, and not just celebrities do it.
            As far as MoveOn, come to think of it, I don’t know if John’s a card-carrying member, just that he’s forwarded me an email petition or two from time to time. Actually, now that I think of it, I don’t even know if I’M a “member.” Does MoveOn have “members?” I get plenty of email from ‘em.

          • Gmacr1

            You have such a raging disconnect with the original article that this can only be called a derail, a deflection from the original point of the post. No one gives a FF what your brother thinks or your trying to compare him to the liar in the political commercial.

          • Brucehenry

            Well, Cronanty does. Or did, two days ago.

            And, umm, really? You can’t see that my point is that this woman is a relatively new “convert” to the Democratic party, as is my brother-in-law? And that the fact that she’s been a registered Democrat since 2006 is not evidence that she is “lying” in the ad?

            Warner seems to think that because this woman has been a Democrat since 2006, that makes her a liar. What I’m saying is that it DOESN’T. Neither does the fact that she “likes” liberal sites on Facebook. As evidence, I’m citing the example of my brother-in-law.

            There’s no disconnect. It’s all perfectly logical. As a matter of fact it AIN’T THAT HARD. What’s wrong with you, dude? LOL.

    • MsJack

      Wow. 8 years since Rathergate and people are still using the “Fake but accurate” defense?

      O-kay.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Then there’s folks like my sister-in-law. HATED Bush with a blazing passion, never failed to give me ‘Bushisms’ calendars at Christmas. Never failed to bash Bush when she could. Couldn’t say enough good things about Obama, and completely refused to even look at Obama’s background when I mentioned things like him never having done anything that would prep him to actually BE President.

      She’s not a stupid woman by any means – you don’t get to be a pretty high-level accountant for a major company by being unintelligent – but once she gets her mind stuck on an opinion, she won’t change it. She WILL find reasons to back up her opinion, no matter how tenuous.

      Then Obama got elected. She was thrilled! Hope and change, baby! I just shrugged – figured he wouldn’t be too bad. After a few months, she kind of frowned whenever his name was mentioned. After about six months, she wouldn’t talk about him any more. We haven’t discussed politics in years now, but she won’t allow his name to be mentioned in her presence, even in passing. She’s a mark who woke up to the con – and she’s pissed.

      I won’t ask her who she’s voting for. I think I know. She might not vote for Romney – but she sure as hell won’t vote for Obama a second time.

      • Brucehenry

        Funny, isn’t it, that Mr Cronanty doesn’t find it absolutely impossible to believe that your sister-in-law would quickly come to regret her vote for Obama in 2008, but it IS impossible to believe that my brother-in-law would quickly come to regret his Bush vote in 2000?

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          I figure there were folks who went both ways, so to speak..

      • TomInCali

        Check the polls. Many Democrats are disappointed with Obama. That’s no secret. The difference is, they’re disappointed because he didn’t do what he said he’d do, but they still wish he’d do it. Do not mistake that for them turning Republican.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          As the saying goes – they voted for Obama in 2008 to prove they weren’t racist. Now they won’t vote for him because they’re not stupid.

          In my sister-in-law’s case, she bought into the hope and change hype. She believed he had a good economic plan, because Bush had spent (in her opinion) far too much. (Accountant, remember?)

          To see Obama take the checkbook and start throwing money out all over the place with nothing to show for it didn’t set well.

          But she really wanted Obama to win. Unfortunately, there’s nothing like getting EXACTLY what you wanted to make you understand that sometimes you really don’t want what you think you do.

    • Gmacr1

      “.He could be in an ad, saying exactly the same words as Ciano, and be entirely truthful.” except that he’s not the one in the ad who’s lying.
      Thanks for playing, go back to your crayons and stop trying to whitewash the situation.

    • jim_m

      mendacity of the Iraq War sales job

      It never ceases to amaze that the left forgets how the intel all came from Clinton and how even Clinton had lobbied for congressional approval for military action and got it.

      It also never ceases to amaze how the left narrows the multitude of reasons provided down to just one, and how they neglect the evidence that the one reason really was valid in the end.

      Mendacity? Just another leftist projection from useful idiots like Bruce.

      • Brucehenry

        LOL what do you think those links say, Jim?

        The first one contains a line by Ari Fleischer: “But make no mistake — as I said earlier — we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and is about.”

        Go back and read the Blair quotes just above that. And then tell me that any other “reasons” were anything more than a preemptive fig leaf so that the salesmen would have a fallback position if — I mean when — weapons weren’t found.

        Your second link is ENTITLED “WMD conjecture in the aftermath of the Iraq War. You DO know what “conjecture” means, don’t you, Jim?

    • Hank_M

      “…the mendacity of the Iraq War sales job”

      I Know. I was so disappointed.

      What with Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Mad Albright, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, The late great KKK leader Robert Byrd, John Kerry, Henry Waxman, Hillary Clinton, Sandy Berger and others all selling the Iraq war.

      I just don’t know who to believe.

  • JWH

    Good thing you’ve never seen my Facebook likes, which include General Zod’s 2012 presidential campaign.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      I’m thinking Cthulhu for 2012. Why settle for the lesser of two evils, when you can go for the Big Kahuna?

      • JWH

        Picard/Riker 2012. Make it so!

        • herddog505

          Oh, yes, that’s JUST the ticket: a pair of bozos who managed to lose their ship to a decrepit Warbird commanded by a pair of bungling, semi-psychotic sisters.

          Given the state of our budget and economy, there’s only one REAL choice:

          Scrooge / Marley* in ’12: Reducing the surplus population one crippled child at a time.

          ===

          (*) Yes, yes: old Marley is as dead as a doornail. However, he’s remarkably lucid – even eloquent – for a dead man and, really, since Uncle Choo Choo has demonstrated that a living brain isn’t a job requirement for VP, is a living body really THAT important?

          • JWH

            Absolutely not. Ebenezer Scrooge is completely unreliable. One day, it’s all “Don’t spend! We have to watch the deficit.” The next day it’s, “Free Christmas geese for everybody!” And all because the ghosts told him to! Do you really think we can trust a president who hears voices in his head? And who listens to those voices?

            Of course there are First Amendment implications to the federal government earmarking money for an explicitly Christian waterfowl, and I see no way the government can afford such a handout.

            If we are going to have a president who regularly consorts with the supernatural, I have to nominate Dr. Stephen Strange. He doesn’t listen to the voices. Instead the voices listen to him. As for his running mate … I would suggest Norrin Radd, but he would be an illegal alien. Perhaps Ben Grimm?

          • herddog505

            I don’t say that Scrooge didn’t go a bit wobbly, but I just can’t cotton to the idea of sending out messages of greeting and friendship if somebody attacks us.

          • JWH

            “This is America. Our idea of diplomacy is to show up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other, and ask you which one you prefer.”

            Harry Dresden
            Turn Coat
            by Jim Butcher

          • herddog505

            Now THAT’S a foreign policy I think we can all get behind!

          • JWH

            Immediately after that, Dresden and the object of his “diplomacy” got solidly thwacked by a third power that didn’t even bring a sandwich.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Ain’t that always the way of it? Someone always wants the sandwich for nothing…

          • JWH

            It was an urban fantasy novel (and part of a damn good series, at that). The third party was an ancient evil being strong enough to beat everyone up and take their sandwiches. Think the US and USSR sitting down for nuclear talks, then Cthulhu shows up.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            I’ve enjoyed Butcher’s Dresden series for quite a while.

            Pissed me off when Dresden got killed. Think he got better though, didn’t he?

          • JWH

            JLaw, we should be careful about spoilers, as I’m kind of shilling for the series here.

            Oh, and “Elaine” was his sled.

          • JWH

            Oh, fine, I’ll spoil it. Harry does die. But then he wakes up, takes the black and heads for the Wall. While at the Wall, he holds off the Others, but even Harry is no match for the combined might of Klarion the Witch-Boy and Skeletor. It’s kind of a letdown that he has to be saved by Sookie Stackhouse and Roland Deschain.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Last one I got was ‘Changes’. Used to pick stuff up weekly at Borders while the little guy was going to Scouts – but Borders went away and the nearest B&N is a ways away. If I don’t see it on the shelf, I’m not likely to buy it, lol.

            But I’ll put “Ghost Story” and “Cold Days” on my Amazon list. I’ll get it someday…

          • JWH

            You’ll want *Ghost Story* first. BTW: The Leanansidhe has become may favorite character.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Seeing as ‘Cold Days’ won’t be out till November, it’s an easy choice!

          • JWH

            I’m not going to spoil it for you, but *Ghost Story* is very different from the previous books. It’s much more introspective.

            Most of the series asks: “How far will a person go to achieve objectively good ends?”
            *Ghost Story *asks: “What are the consequences of going that far?”

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            All the more reason to get it. Thank you for the advice!

          • jim_m

            Marley will definitely give the dems a run for their money with the dead vote.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Wasn’t Marley from Chicago? (grin) If the dead can vote there, why can’t they run for VP?

      • jim_m

        Why not vote for someone who is honest about their evil intentions? http://www.politifake.org/image/political/1003/2012-presidential-candidacy-democrat-republican-cthulhu-dago-political-poster-1268928683.jpg

        I’d vote for Cthulu before obama any day.

  • Hank_M

    The Obama presidency has been a pack of lies.
    Why expect their commercials to be any different?

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      The triumph of hope over experience? (Like my friend who was a serial marrying monogamist – she was on husband 7 last I checked about 20 years back… Had to admire her persistence, if not her common sense…)

  • herddog505

    New democrat theme song:

    “Just My Imagination” by The Temptations. Perfect for the democrat party:

    Imaginary supporters, imaginary voters, and a president with imaginary successes.

  • GarandFan

    Just more of that liberal “fake but accurate”. Or maybe she’s a “composite”.

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