We can officially add the "Gate" suffix to "Hicky." Today, the hullabaloo over what seemed to be a casting agent's unfortunate choice of words recruiting people for an ad campaign against Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democrat running for Senate in West Virginia, became a scandal. The casting agent says that call for "hicky" types came directly from the advertising agency responsible for the National Republican Senatorial Committee's independent expenditure campaign.
The agent produced an e-mail from Jamestown and Associates, the responsible firm, with the precise description used to cast the ad. Initially, Jamestown apparently told the NRSC that it had not used the language and that the casting agent was responsible. Today, both the NRSC and Jamestown acknowledge that that was not true. According to Politico, Jamestown released a statement by e-mail that acknowledges that "a private communication in an email to the talent agency from an independent contractor we hired to organize production apparently used the term 'hicky' to describe the look for the actors needed for a television spot."
The NRSC says it was lied to, and when it found it this morning, it fired the firm.