Joe Patton and Vicki Schmidt
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - McDonald's is asking a candidate in a hotly contested Republican State Senate primary to stop running one of his radio ads.
In the ad, three-term House member Joe Patton states incumbent Sen. Vicki Schmidt was part of a group of lawmakers who raised taxes and outspent revenue. The ad compares it to going to McDonald's, ordering a Happy Meal and eating it yourself, but having your grandson pay for it.
Local McDonald's franchise operator Karen Tyler says she alerted her superiors at the chain's regional office, concerned the ad was violating the restaurant's trademarked term.
Tyler says she was told Thursday afternoon that the company was sending Patton a letter, asking him to "cease and desist" with the ad. The company says the references violate the company's trademarked intellectual property.
Patton told 13 News the ad is political free speech. He says he is using a metaphor to illustrate an important issue. He says he is not trying to make money or misrepresent a product in using the terms.