The Washington Post is calling a new TV ad targeting Republican congressional candidate David Trott of Birmingham the "most brutal ad you'll ever see anywhere."
The 30-second spot launched today on Detroit area TV stations by Democratic contender Bobby McKenzie tells the story of 101-year-old Texana Hollis of Detroit who was evicted from her home in 2011 with the assistance of Trott's law firm. At the height of the housing crisis, Trott & Trott handled 80,000 foreclosure cases for the banks in one year.
The ad depicts Hollis, sitting in a wheelchair, being removed from her home on a rainy night as she cries. Her son had missed payments on the home's mortgage.
"Foreclosure king Dave Trott has made millions foreclosing on Michigan's families. Trott profited from human misery as tens of thousands of Michiganders were evicted from their homes," says the ad narrator.
Responding to a Post request for a response to the ad, Trott spokeswoman Megan Piwowar reportedly said in an e-mail, "No one wants to foreclose. The law firm was following instructions to foreclose and evict issued by the federal government as the mortgagee was Department of Housing and Urban Development and the eviction was executed by other parties, not the law firm. This ad does not tell all the facts."