“Some politicians talk about cutting the fat, but this one was serious. Congressional candidate Dean Hrbacek appears slimmer than usual in a new campaign brochure because a photo of his head was affixed to the image of a different body. While the mailer sent to voters this week by the former Sugar Land mayor says ‘Dean's record speaks for itself,’ his physique clearly does not.”
The Chronicle had some fun with it and the campaign copped to the fact that indeed the head of Dean Hrbacek (that’s Her-BAH-check, with the Neck not pronounced) had been photoshopped onto the body of another man wearing a business suit. It has been alleged that the body belongs to none other than Hrbacek’s political nemesis, Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace. It has even been reported that Wallace’s wife has identified the body as that of her husband’s.
But then other news and websites picked it up from the AP wire service.
Yahoo News has it now, as does Breitbart.com. CNN has Dean Hrbacek’s doctored image posted in a story that they are listing under their “Funny News” banner. And then finally we see that The International Herald Tribune has picked up this story and has thus broadcast it to the entire world. Now that's what I call exposure.
I still think that the whole thing originated from the sister site of CD22 Watcher (nah, go somewhere else for the link) there at CD22 Rubbernecker, where some time ago we saw the first photoshopped version of Dean Hrbacek’s head, although if you ask them, they’ll swear up and down that this is the real honest to Christ photograph of the man.
Now I am no expert here, not a political savvy like some people I know, but I was just wondering whether this playful but artless use of a computer graphics program to produce that photo in this glossy mailer has just caused the first head to roll in this GOP primary.