A Democratic candidate for California's 36th Congressional District says that her Republican opponent knows more about a raunchy online ad than he is letting on.
The conservative group Turn Right USA released video earlier this week depicting Janice Hahn as a stripper. GOP congressional candidate Craig Huey has publicly denounced the ad.
"Along with many other residents of the South Bay I am outraged over this racist and sexist ad," Huey said. "I unequivocally denounce it."
"The ad was not authorized and not affiliated with my campaign. 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."
Hahn appeared on MSNBC Thursday after filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
"Explain exactly why your campaign believes your opponent's campaign has got something to do with this," MSNBC's Ed Schultz asked Hahn. "What's the connection that you believe to be?"
"Well, you know, we're asking for -- we filed a complaint with the FEC, and we're asking for an investigation because we think there are some links between my opponent's campaign and this so-called independent expenditure," Hahn replied. "The P.O. box from one of his campaign vendors and this Super PAC Turn Right USA had the exact same address in the same retail shopping center."
"It portrays, you know, the African-American community as being a bunch of gangsters and thugs and wielding an AK-47s while they're, you know, calling me the B word. It is sexist. It is racist. And it is vulgar. And again, has no place in a congressional campaign -- in any campaign," she added.
"Are you going to call your opponent on it?" Schultz wondered.
"Well, you know, I have called him on it. And I think he took way too long to come out and denounce it. It was like 36 hours that video was up that he didn't denounce it," Hahn explained. "And I've been asking him to call for it to be taken down, which he has not done."
As of Friday morning, the video was still available on YouTube.
This video is from MSNBC's The Ed Schultz Show, broadcast June 16, 2011.