From a story ran tonight on KING 5 TV here in Seattle...
The VIDEO HERE as it first aired.
AD: "It's 3 am and your children are safe and asleep. But there's a phone in the white house and it's ringing..."
IT'S THE POLITICAL AD THAT HELPED TURN THE TIDE FOR SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN.
AD: "Who do you want answering the phone?"
THURSDAY NIGHT -- THE KNOWLES FAMILY OF BUCKLEY WASHINGTON WERE WATCHING THE JON STEWART SHOW...AND SAW THE AD FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Brady Knowles: "I looked and saw a girl that looked like my sister and we rewound it and sure enough it was my sister."
Casey Knowles: "It's actually really funny...."
THE FIRST GIRL IN THE AD IS YOUNG CASEY KNOWLES --
STOCK FOOTAGE FROM 8 YEARS AGO WHEN SHE WORKED AS A TV EXTRA --
FOOTAGE OWNED NOW BY GETTY IMAGES AND USED BY THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN.
THEY COULDN'T HAVE PICKED A MORE UNWILLING STAR.
Casey Knowles: "It's really sort of ironic that my image would be used to advocate for Hillary when I myself do not."
SHE MAY ONLY BE 17 BUT CASEY HAS SOME VERY STRONG POLITICAL OPINIONS...
SHE TURNS 18 -- LEGAL VOTING AGE -- IN APRIL -- PLENTY OF TIME BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION.
Casey Knowles: "It's perfect timing because I have a candidate that I really identify with..."
Casey Knowles: "I've been campaigning for barack obama for a few months now. I was actually a precinct captain at the caucuses a few months ago...I attended his rally a few months ago and I'm a very very avid supporter."
THE KNOWLES FAMILY ADMIT THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER HOW THE FOOTAGE IS USED.
AND WHILE THEY SEE THE HUMOR OF IT ALL -- THEY ARE MILDLY ANNOYED.
Casey Knowles: "I think it would be really wonderful if me and Barack Obama could get together and make a nice counter ad (laughs)."
UPDATE: So glad people are enjoying this story!
Just saw it run on CNN. Awesome.