Thought the fringe right wing folks couldn’t top their offensive campaign ads from last year’s midterm elections? Well, not only is the Tea Party out to prove you wrong, they have decided to top themselves by offering possibly the most offensive ad in recent memory.
The ad comes from a hotly contested California race for the states’ 36th Legislative district. Voters in the Southern California district will be choosing between Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn, a Democrat and businessman Craig Huey, a tea party Republican. Huey’s mere presence on the ballot has been a surprise to many, as the district has been a sure spot of blue on the map. But even with the 36th’strong Democratic, leanings, Huey managed to pull off a primary upset defeating Democratic California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
Now, as the underdog candidate in what many predicted would be a Dem vs. Dem runoff, it seems Huey is relishing his time in the ring. And while the Tea Party favorite candidate has been known to throw some jabs, his latest ad has gotten bipartisan rebuke for being below the belt.
Produced by Ladd Ehlinger, Jr., the ad titled, “Give Us Your Cash, Bitch!” is sponsored by Turn Right USA, a brand new political action committee that filed its paperwork with the Federal Elections commission on Monday morning.
The ad, which includes notorious criminals, features two black men with guns and a stripper and accuses Councilwoman Hahn of being soft on gang crime. The criticism is not new to Hahn’s campaign- she has faced the same notes from several opponents throughout her campaign. However, there is no doubting that his ad takes the cake.
The spot is being called the most offensive political ad since the notorious race-baiting Willie Horton ad ran during the 1988 Presidential elections. Despite the ads feature of two black men as the symbols for violence and crime, many news outlets have pointed out that their casting (which sidenote: really, though brothers) is drawn on a fear that doesn’t match reality. Statistics show that Latino gangs make up the vast majority of Los Angeles’ gang population.
The ad has been denounced by Democrats and Republicans alike as racist and sexist. For his part, Huey is denying having any involvement with it. Ehlinger, who first made his name with his Dale “Don’t Give A Rip” Peterson video in the 2010, has been unapologetic about the ad. Responding to criticism from Democrats he said:
“I didn’t kill anyone. I didn’t even enable anyone to kill anyone. The ad’s funny. It makes me laugh. So if, for some reason, it’s pulled by YouTube, a thousand will be launched in its place.”
If this is any indication of what the 2012 race has in store, it’s safe to say this race is going to get dirty fast.