A Republican state senator has run afoul of the nation’s largest small business lobby after featuring an award in a new television advertisement that the group says he never won.
The National Federation of Independent Business on Monday demanded GOP state Sen. Josh McKoon remove or alter his latest campaign commercial after a local official spotted a scene in which the organization’s “Guardian of Small Business Award” was improperly featured.
“@JoshMcKoon I notice a NFIB Award featured prominent in your ad,” NFIB Georgia State Director Kyle Jackson wrote Monday on Twitter. “Since you have not won would appreciate you not using it in your ad.”
Not only has McKoon never won the award, which is given to only one or two lawmakers per session, Jackson said in an email to Tipsheet, but the organization’s membership chose not to endorse him for reelection this year.
The offending scene—in which McKoon is shown working from his office with an unidentified woman as a NFIB award, its name plaque partly obscured by a well-placed committee gavel, sits atop his desk—has not been scrubbed.
But the award-that-wasn’t episode wasn’t the first occasion in which McKoon has provoked the business community.
He championed unsuccessful “religious freedom” legislation last year that the state’s most recognizable businesses, including Delta, forcefully opposed.