A Republican lawmaker saw political undertones Sunday night in one of the Super Bowl's most popular commercials.
Freshman Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) seemed to take issue with Chrysler's "Imported from Detroit" spot, which featured an appearance by rapper Eminem and plenty of tape from the Motor City.
Ross tweeted Sunday night, shortly after the ad aired:
"Imported from Detroit"..."borrowed from China"
The ad was meant to highlight the re-emergence of the auto industry in Detroit, almost two years after Chrysler and General Motors went through a government-supervised bankruptcy financed by the Treasury and the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
The bailouts for two of Detroit's Big Three drew loud protests from most Republicans at the time, and dissatisfaction with how the bailouts were administered provided some of the impetus for the new class of Republican candidates in 2010, including Ross and many of his freshman colleagues.
Ross subsequently noted that he drove a Chevy truck, but had purchased it before the 2009 bankrutpcy. "For the record," Ross tweeted, Eminem "hasn't ever been heard" on its speakers.