The front page of Steve Schuh’s campaign website includes this picture, which was obviously taken inside the Lowe House Office Building. While the picture was not at a political event, it still is problematic for Boy Scouts that Schuh is using it in a political manner. The picture is used in Schuh’s campaign video featured on the rotating items on his site. (The video is embedded at the bottom of this post.)
Schuh has put these Scouts in violation of a national policy promulgated by Boy Scouts of America (BSA.)
But photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of any kind.
This policy arose out of political candidates using pictures taken at political rallies of Boy Scouts who were there for things like performing color guard duty or otherwise attending. It is designed to help protect Scouts from being exploited for political purposes by candidates. However, in the case of the Scouts pictured with Schuh, there was no reason for them to think a picture taken in an official setting (Schuh’s state office in Annapolis) might be used for political campaign advertising or other campaign uses,
I will be contacting local and national BSA officials for further comment on this matter.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.