Whatever causes you to vote on Tuesday, don't let the fictional writings and especially the non-fiction writing sway your opinion. Just don't. Vote because you agree/disagree with the situation in Iraq. Vote because you dislike Republicans or Democrats. But, don't use his creativity against him.
See, a few months ago my husband wrote a chapter in his upcoming book that disturbed me. I asked him to change it so that it was less graphic. "What does this say about your character? Geez, Love, you're a doctor. You shouldn't write things like that!"
The discussion took place over hours one day, in and out of time with the children. Neither of us let the conversation end until each had said all in our brains on this issue. He finally swayed me with this explanation:
As a writer, I can't stay away from the ugly parts of life. You limit yourself if you won't write about life in all of its ugliness and beauty.
He's right. He went on to explain that the scene he had written was inspired by the supposed method of murder used on Edward II of England. I was somehow comforted that my husband hadn't devised this method on his own. However, his point still remains valid.
Humans have the capacity to be compassionate and good, but there has been, is, and always will be cruelty. Writing about it does not make the author cruel or an unsuitable candidate for senator.
Vote, please. Don't let that commercial sway your opinion.