07/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dem Rep. Sends Out Mailer Featuring Soviet Soldier

TPM's Election Central points out an embarrassing campaign slip-up:

The Congressional office of Florida Democrat Tim Mahoney, a freshman who faces a potentially tough re-election fight this fall, was forced to put out a statement apologizing for a mailer they sent to the district two months ago in which the Congressman touted his support for veterans.

The problem: The mailer featured a stock picture of an elderly veteran who turned out to be a Soviet soldier!

Mahoney, a "Blue Dog Democrat" may be best known for choosing to not back Barack Obama, saying he'd rather skip the convention to spend more time in his district. ''I don't owe the party anything," he told the Miami Herald. "If anybody owes anybody anything, it's [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi who owes a debt to me.''