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June 16, 2011 08:41 PM UTC

Most Horrible Campaign Ad Ever? Probably

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“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.”

That’s part of the opening line of an online ad that might possibly be the most offensive and disgusting political ad ever. Janice Hahn is a Democrat running in a July 12 special election for Congress in California to replace retiring Rep. Jane Harman, and she’s gaining national attention as the victim of this absurd (and completely false) attack ad.

From The Associated Press:

A crudely produced video depicting gun-toting black gang members spanking a white, bikini-clad California congressional candidate set off a bipartisan furor Wednesday and illustrated how the power of the anything-goes Internet is influencing political campaigns.

Democrat Janice Hahn, who is portrayed in the ad as a gyrating pole dancer, called the 90-second spot vulgar, racist and sexist. Her Republican rival in the 36th Congressional District, Craig Huey issued a statement saying “our district deserves better.”

“The ad was not authorized and not affiliated with my campaign,” Huey said. “Whether people agree with my politics or not, anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I would not participate in something of this nature.”

The ad was funded by Turn Right USA, which according to government filings is based in suburban Los Angeles. The group is a fundraising arm for conservative filmmaker Ladd Ehlinger Jr., who posted the ad on his website has a track record of producing provocative political ads.

The irony in all of this is that “conservative filmmaker” Ladd Ehlinger Jr. is doing more harm to Republican candidate Craig Huey than it is to Hahn, who is getting huge national support and raising big money because of the video. Huey has denounced the ad, of course, but that won’t slow the anger.

You can watch the video after the jump (fast-forward to the 1:00 mark). We chose not to embed the video of the ad from Ehlinger’s account so as not to assist in driving any more views to his page.

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26 thoughts on “Most Horrible Campaign Ad Ever? Probably

    1. You can’t think she did or you are seriously limited in your knowledge of video editing techniques.   Hell we can cut and insert a sound bite on my husbands computer editing equipment into a video produced from another source.

      Janice Hahn is expected to win – I just hope she’s as good a Representative as Jane Harman her predecessor.

  1. If you don’t like a candidate, fund an outrageous ad FOR them?

    So THAT’S what happened to Chris Romer!

    Seriously, though, I don’t know Craig Huey could have condemned it any more explicitly. Isn’t it possible that voters will be smart enough to know the difference?

    1. But considering the long history of independent expenditure ads (now freed up to directly target political opponents or bolster campaigns), there will be a non-zero percentage of voters who will connect “GOP supporting PAC” and “GOP candidate” regardless of any denials.

      Which in a way is a Good Thing™.  Otherwise candidates can just dump off (through indirect means, of course) all of their negative attacks to independent groups and claim that they’re running a clean campaign.

      PS – it would be another thing entirely if this was a ploy by a left-leaning group to make Huey look bad; that kind of stuff backfires, and voters will notice.

  2. 1) why on earth would those two gentlemen even agree to participate in such a racist ad?

    2) why is Anthony weiner’s cock shot portrayed as one of the ‘gangstas” in Washington? (soooo many jokes)

    Yeah…I caught that.  

          1. Still, for combination of racism, over the top disgusting language and images and low production values, I’m sticking with the new entry. My worst vote stands. Matter of taste, I guess.

            1. but it’s gone too far over the top to be taken seriously by anyone.

              (I actually busted out laughing at the “So suck it, McCain-Feingold”)

              The following ad was intended to be taken seriously and was seriously damaging:

              In fact, many of the other ads from the Bush side in this campaign (e.g., Dukakis on the rape of his wife) were right at this level too.  Fucking Roger Ailes . . .  

              1. The very first time I saw the ad I thought it was a not-so well done UN bike conspiracy copycat.

                Anyway, now I have the “song” stuck in head. Super great.

        1. That’s not nearly as bad as this one.

          Especially if you put them in context.  He was running from the South in the late ’60’s.  And though we all know exactly where he stood, he only hinted at it in this ad.  

          On the other hand, this new ad is 21st century SoCal.  It’s blunt, crude and poorly produced.  

          Don’t get me wrong.  The Wallace one was bad (you could argue it’s worse since it probably got more marketshare), but this new ad is way past Wallace.

  3. I get that a “conservative filmmaker” is the ultimate malevolent force being the steaming pile of crap, but who literally spent the 15 minutes in iMovie making this thing?

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