LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Democrat Janice Hahn is running for Congress, but Wednesday she was running to the Federal Elections Commission to file a formal complaint about an online attack ad she believes may have come with the tacit endorsement of her Republican rival Craig Huey.
A pro-Huey online ad, sponsored by a group called Turn Right USA, has Hahn hopping mad. The ad also has many Democrats, and even many Republicans, calling it a new low in California politics.
Hahn has called for an investigation to see if Huey’s campaign is at all linked with Turn Right. Huey insists he had no say or control of the ad. In a statement today, Huey said, “They know this ad is not from me.”
The ad has been blistered by Democrats and Republicans alike. Agreement from both sides of the aisle? Depending on who you talk to, the ad is “offensive,” “inappropriate,” “completely offensive,” “outrageously racist,” “vile,” “disgusting,” “quite sexist” and “disturbing.” A spokesperson for Huey said the candidate himself found it worthy of revulsion.
It depicts Hahn as a stripper dancing suggestively among a group of black gangsta rappers. It’s called “Give us your cash, B—h!” and one blogger called it “about as jaw-dropping as it gets in politics.”
It shows Hahn booty-shaking, simulates several sex acts and ends on the note that “Congress has enough gangsters!” and Hahn is “bad for LA and bad for America…let’s keep her out of Congress, homies.”
And while the provocative ad also ends with “Definitely NOT authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee,” Hahn isn’t so sure.
The 1:30 minute ad appears on Youtube with a disclaimer saying one has to be 18 or older to see it.