GOP Senate candidate Bob Corker was detained last week by U.S. Border Patrol officers as he was preparing to film a second campaign commercial along the U.S.-Mexican border.
“We require that politicians who come here to exploit border security issues for campaign commercials obtain a filming permit, and Mr. Corker didn’t have one,” says Border Patrol spokesman Vincent DeHart. “We caught and repatriated Mr. Corker back to Tennessee under our ‘catch and release politicians’ program.”
DeHart says the filming of political ads along the border is a growing problem and it’s stretching the enforcement ability of the Border Patrol.
“So far, we’ve caught one from Illinois, Corker from Tennessee, two from Maine, three from Colorado, and, I think, nine from California,” the spokesman says. “We catch and release them, and the next thing you know they’re back here filming again. It gets old, sending the same politicians back time after time.”
Corker was interrupted while filming his second illegal-immigration-themed commercial. The former Chattanooga mayor has been running an ad for several weeks in which he delivers his “get tough” message while strolling along a fence line he says is the U.S.-Mexican border.
“We didn’t know we were violating Border Patrol policy, and we won’t do it again,” says a chastened Corker spokesman.
Sources say that Corker will replace the aborted Mexican border ad with one in which he strolls along the Tennessee-Alabama line and talks about the importance of keeping Alabamians from pouring over the border into Tennessee.
“People around here are way more concerned about the influx of immigrants from Alabama anyway,” a source in the Corker camp says. “You go down to the state line and it’s shocking—all those cars with Alabama plates zipping across the border and nobody’s doing a thing about it. This issue could take Corker to Washington.”