California Republican House candidate Paul Chabot is fundraising off what he calls an “ISIS hunting permit,” car sticker.
The decal reads, “ISIS Hunting Permit. Also Valid For: Al Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram. No Bagging Limit. No Tagging Required.”
The 31st District that Chabot is running to represent includes San Bernardino, site of a mass terror shooting in December that killed 14 and wounded 22.
Chabot, an Iraq War vet and former Navy and military intelligence officer who calls himself a Counter Terrorism Military Vet for Congress, is president of a security and investigations company and has served as a reserve sheriff’s deputy for more than 20 years.
Chabot ran unsuccessfully against Democrat Pete Aguilar in 2014 for former Rep. Gary G. Miller’s seat, losing 51-49 percent and is running in a rematch against Aguilar. The race is rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report /Roll Call.
Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., a retired Navy SEAL, has been using the same tactic for a while. The congressman is offering a better bargain — two permits for a $20.16 donation.
Zinke wrote in a campaign email, “I’ll immediately mail you two of your very own ISIS hunting tags to display your commitment to electing LEADERS who will protect the United States from terrorists like ISIS and keep a conservative majority in Congress. This sticker is a BOLD sign of your support for our mission.”
Zinke is running against Democrat Denise Juneau, who was elected Montana superintendent of public instruction in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. That race is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg & Gonzales/Roll Call.