(Image source: Turn Right USA)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

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It’s not officially campaign season without outrageous attack ads -- but even the creators of this one note -- it’s “not your grandfather’s viral video”:

ANNOUNCER: “Janice Hahn hired hardcore gang members with taxpayer money to be gang intervention specialists. She even helped them get out of jail so they could rape and kill again.”
RAPPER: “Yea, yea! Give me your cash, b*** so we could shoot up the street. Give me your cash, b*** so we could buy some more heat.”
ANNOUNCER: “Let’s keep her out of Congress, homies. Donate now.”



The ad targets Democrat and LA city councilwoman Janice Hahn -- who’s widely expected to win a runoff election next month for a seat in Congress. In a statement put out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- Jennifer Crider calls on Hahn’s Republican opponent to denounce the ad.

“Craig Huey must condemn this offensive and sexist ad, and demand that the ad makers immediately take it down. ... Craig Huey’s silence should send a chilling message to our mothers, sisters, and daughters...”

But Huey -- the Tea Party candidate -- says he had nothing to do with the ad -- releasing a statement calling it “inappropriate” and “highly offensive.”

So who was behind the spot?

The Political Action Committee Turn Right USA -- paid for it and says the video was not authorized by any candidate or committee.

The organization says it’s dedicated to keeping Hahn out of Congress -- protesting her past support of a controversial “gang intervention” program. As for calls the ad be taken down -- director Ladd Ehlinger took to his website to respond:

“No! I didn't kill anyone. ... And... oh yeah: suck it! The ad's funny. It makes me laugh. ... Claim victimhood all you like, but how many people were victimized by your coddling?”

A side note -- you might the director’s name from his handiwork in an ad last year:

“I’m Dale Peterson and I’m after the Republican nomination for Alabama agriculture commissioner. ... Bet you didn’t know that. You know why? Thugs and criminals. If they can keep you in the dark, they do whatever they want with that money and they don’t give a rip about Alabama. ... We’re Republicans. We should do better than that.”

President Obama carried California’s 36th District with 64 percent of the vote in 2008 -- so the race there wasn’t initially expected to be very competitive.

But as Politico’s David Catanese notes -- recent polls give Hahn an only single-digit lead of around 5 points -- compounding supporters’ fears of summer voter apathy.


Slate’s David Weigel notes -- the offensive ad -- might end up doing Hahn’s campaign a favor.

“And that was the goal, to create something so shocking that it would get people talking about a spot on the Hahn record that no one had paid attention to. … you can see why Democrats, unhappy having to run a sleepy campaign against a deep-pocketed businessman, think any attention-getting story is good.”

 

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Janice Hahn Attack Ad Called Racist, Sexist

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Jun 15, 2011

Janice Hahn Attack Ad Called Racist, Sexist

(Image source: Turn Right USA)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy.



It’s not officially campaign season without outrageous attack ads -- but even the creators of this one note -- it’s “not your grandfather’s viral video”:

ANNOUNCER: “Janice Hahn hired hardcore gang members with taxpayer money to be gang intervention specialists. She even helped them get out of jail so they could rape and kill again.”
RAPPER: “Yea, yea! Give me your cash, b*** so we could shoot up the street. Give me your cash, b*** so we could buy some more heat.”
ANNOUNCER: “Let’s keep her out of Congress, homies. Donate now.”



The ad targets Democrat and LA city councilwoman Janice Hahn -- who’s widely expected to win a runoff election next month for a seat in Congress. In a statement put out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- Jennifer Crider calls on Hahn’s Republican opponent to denounce the ad.

“Craig Huey must condemn this offensive and sexist ad, and demand that the ad makers immediately take it down. ... Craig Huey’s silence should send a chilling message to our mothers, sisters, and daughters...”

But Huey -- the Tea Party candidate -- says he had nothing to do with the ad -- releasing a statement calling it “inappropriate” and “highly offensive.”

So who was behind the spot?

The Political Action Committee Turn Right USA -- paid for it and says the video was not authorized by any candidate or committee.

The organization says it’s dedicated to keeping Hahn out of Congress -- protesting her past support of a controversial “gang intervention” program. As for calls the ad be taken down -- director Ladd Ehlinger took to his website to respond:

“No! I didn't kill anyone. ... And... oh yeah: suck it! The ad's funny. It makes me laugh. ... Claim victimhood all you like, but how many people were victimized by your coddling?”

A side note -- you might the director’s name from his handiwork in an ad last year:

“I’m Dale Peterson and I’m after the Republican nomination for Alabama agriculture commissioner. ... Bet you didn’t know that. You know why? Thugs and criminals. If they can keep you in the dark, they do whatever they want with that money and they don’t give a rip about Alabama. ... We’re Republicans. We should do better than that.”

President Obama carried California’s 36th District with 64 percent of the vote in 2008 -- so the race there wasn’t initially expected to be very competitive.

But as Politico’s David Catanese notes -- recent polls give Hahn an only single-digit lead of around 5 points -- compounding supporters’ fears of summer voter apathy.


Slate’s David Weigel notes -- the offensive ad -- might end up doing Hahn’s campaign a favor.

“And that was the goal, to create something so shocking that it would get people talking about a spot on the Hahn record that no one had paid attention to. … you can see why Democrats, unhappy having to run a sleepy campaign against a deep-pocketed businessman, think any attention-getting story is good.”

 

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