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Critics eye race, religion in New York campaign attack ads

September 27, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Several political campaigns in New York have come under criticism over campaign messaging deemed by some to have been designed to exploit voters’ racial biases or xenophobia.

In the latest skirmish, a Democratic congressman in California assailed a New York Republican colleague over an attack ad that showed his opponent speaking Korean, over a backdrop of ominous music, a portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and captions falsely implying he was talking about sending American jobs to Asia.

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu of California on Twitter told U.S. Rep. Chris Collins of western New York’s 27th District to “take your racist ad and shove it.”

A Collins spokeswoman said the ad was about the economic policies of Democratic opponent Nate McMurray, and race had nothing to do with it.

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