The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) isn't too happy about a new political ad released by Turn Right USA, a political action committee that supports conservative political candidates. The video targets Janice Hahn, the Democratic candidate vying for Rep. Jane Harman's Los Angeles-based House seat (Harman resigned back in February). The Huffington Post writes that the video may "...very well be the most outrageously sexist and racist ad in political history" and continues:
The spot...spun a fairly uncontroversial attempt to have reformed gang-members draw current ones away from that lifestyle into tales of demonic violence, taxpayer subsidized rape and drug abuse.
Turn Right USA believes that Hahn's tenure as a Los Angeles city council member actually led to an increase in gang violence. On a web site (entitled "Hahn's Homeboyz") created to accompany the ad, the group writes:
Janice Hahn (D, Los Angeles City Council) increased gang violence by using taxpayer money to hire gang members! They were supposed to be “gang intervention specialists”. Instead they continued their robbing, stealing, raping and murdering, all the while laughing behind Janice’s back!
The DCCC initially condemned Craig Huey, the Republican in the race, calling on his campaign to condemn the video. Huey's camp, though, had no involvement in the video's creation and his campaign has, indeed, called the video "offensive" and condemned it.
Watch the ad video below and see what all the controversy is about:
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