(NNPA)—A Congressional race in California is ground zero for one of the most controversial political ads in recent years after a conservative group made a video mocking an anti-gang initiative of the Democratic candidate.
A program backed by Rep. Janice Hahn paid reformed gang-members to help work to stop the violence that plagues her Los Angeles district. Turn Right USA made light of that initiative in its ad, which showed an exotic dancer resembling Hahn dancing around a pole and two Black men waving guns in the air and chanting expletives, demanding money from her so they “can shoot up the streets.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took notice of the ad and, according to The Huffington Post, denounced it as what could very well be the most outrageously sick and racist ad in political history.
“This ad does not reflect the values of California’s hardworking women and men,” Jennifer Crider, deputy executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told The Huffington Post. “[Republican candidate] Craig Huey’s silence should send a chilling message to our mothers, sisters and daughters that this kind of outrageous and sexist material is tolerated.”
Since then, Huey has distanced himself from the ad, but officials in Hahn’s campaign are not buying it. They believe they have proof that Turn Right and Huey’s campaign may be more related than either is letting on.
According to ABC News, Hahn’s camp is calling for an investigation from the Federal Election Commission, claiming that Turn Right USA shares an address in a retail center with a consulting firm called CampaignLA, which was listed among contributors to Huey’s campaign in his FEC filings.
“There are literally millions of post office boxes where Turn Right USA could have set up their phony political location,” Dave Jacobson, Hahn’s campaign manager, told ABC News. “I’m not a statistician, but I think I have a better chance of winning the Super Lotto Jackpot than these two Pro-Huey political groups have of winding up in the exact same address by accident.”
Turn Right USA issued a statement of its own dismissing the lawsuit as “baseless and silly.”
“At no time was there ever any collusion between TRUSA and the Huey campaign,” Turn Right said in a statement. “The Huey Campaign has requested through the media for TRUSA to remove the video. TRUSA, called “fringe” by the Craig Huey campaign, refuses this request.”
(Reprinted from the Afro American.)