*A Los Angeles political firm is denying that it misled a congressional candidate in North Carolina about a radio ad for the candidate using an actor that sounded like actor Morgan Freeman.
MEI Political said in a statement Tuesday it made clear verbally and in writing to Republican B.J. Lawson’s campaign that it was using a voice double of Freeman for the ad, reports the AP.
Lawson apologized Monday to Freeman after falsely claiming the actor had done a voiceover for his campaign. The campaign blamed MEI Political for the incorrect claim about the ad.
MEI’s statement says it discussed with Lawson’s campaign that Freeman was a Democrat and would probably never do an endorsement for a Republican candidate.
Lawson, who faces U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat, in today’s election, released the following statement on Monday:
“In response to numerous queries and enthusiastic feedback, the Lawson for Congress campaign confirms that its latest radio and TV ad is indeed narrated by actor Morgan Freeman. The ad with Freeman’s distinctive voice, titled, ‘What is David Price Afraid Of?’ can be viewed at…” and a URL for the YouTube video below follows.
That press release was followed hours later by the following from Freeman:
“These people are lying. I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson and I do not support his candidacy. And, no one who represents me ever has ever authorized the use of my name, voice or any other likeness in support of Mr. Lawson or his candidacy.”
And with that, B.J. Lawson issued another statement saying that his campaign had been “tricked by a political mercenary [MEI] based out of California” and that they had stopped running the ads.