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Survivor of Firestone explosion asks GOP group to take down ad

Erin Martinez, who lost loved ones in the blast, calls the ad “horrifying”
Erin Martinez, erin martinez
Posted at 10:03 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 00:03:06-04

Erin Martinez, survived an explosion in Firestone that killed her husband and brother, has called on a Republican group to take down an ad about the explosion.

“I woke up this morning to hear about a horrifying political ad using images from the explosion and fire that destroyed my life and killed my husband Mark and my brother Joey,” Martinez said through a spokesperson Thursday.

The ad, from the National Republican Senatorial Committee uses video from the explosion to criticize John Hickenlooper, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. When Hickenlooper was governor, his office received donations from Anadarko Petroleum, which owned the gas line that exploded. One donation came weeks after the explosion.

“No one went to jail, no fines under Hickenlooper,” a narrator says in the NRSC ad. “John Hickenlooper took the money and let them get away with it.”

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