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January 17, 2019

British villagers appalled after image of town ends up in nasty GOP congressional ad

November 3, 2018
File photo of the sea front in Jaywick, Essex from 2015. (Nick Ansell / PA Wire / AP)

A small British seaside village has become the focal point of a heated Illinois congressional race.

A stock image of Jawyick Sands, in County Essex on the southeastern coast of England, was used in a political ad by Republican congressional hopeful Nick Stella against Democrat incumbent Bill Foster.

The shot of a dilapidated, weather-beaten and — ostensibly — American street lined with meager houses shows a doctored billboard of a smiling Nancy Pelosi that reads, “Congratulations (Madam) Speaker Nanci Pelosi.”

The caption then states, “Help President Trump keep America on track and thriving. A vote for Foster is a vote for a Speaker Pelosi. We can’t go back to foreclosures, unemployment and economic recession!”

Needless to say, some Jaywick Sands residents were up in arms after learning their beloved town was being besmirched. Local council member Paul Honeywood was appalled the image was being used for political gain.

“I know that many Jaywick Sands residents will be outraged at being smeared in this way, and rightly so,” said Honeywood.

When Stella’s camp started feeling the heat from across the pond, it ventured into full-blown apology mode.

“Our intent was never to smear the town in the photo,” said Stella spokeswoman Raquel Mitchell in a statement. “For us it was an example of a town overburdened by poor governance, which is exactly what we in our district are seeking to prevent at entry level.”

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