Antonio Delgado, a Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law School graduate who is running for Congress as a Democrat in New York’s 19th congressional district, is being portrayed as a street thug in a new National Republican Congressional Committee ad that highlights a rap album he recorded more than a decade ago.
Although the GOP has been using Delgado’s old rap album — which he recorded under the name “A.D. the Voice” back in 2006 — against him for months, the party’s latest ad is stepping things up a notch by showing a photo of Delgado in a hoodie to make him look like he’s a drug dealer.
The new ad also contrasts the optimistic message that the 41-year-old Delgado is running on with some obscene lyrics that he wrote when he was in his late 20s, before he abandoned his musical ambitions to pursue a career as an attorney.
Included among the “offensive” lyrics used in the ad are Delgado rapping, “God bless Iraq” and “Criticize, it’s what a patriot does.”
Gerald Benjamin, a longtime political science professor at State University of New York, told the New York Times earlier this year that attacking Delgado with his 12-year-old rap album was smart politics.
“People like us, people in rural New York, we are not people who respond to this part of American culture,” he said.
Watch the new GOP ad below.
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Iran probes seized UK-flagged tanker — Britain to hold emergency meeting
ran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action.
Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
Video footage released by Iran showed the Stena Impero tanker being surrounded by speedboats before troops in balaclavas descend a rope from a helicopter onto the vessel.
In an audio recording of a radio exchange, an Iranian officer can be heard ordering the tanker to change course "immediately".
For Cubans — a day at the beach is no easy task
Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.
While foreign tourists flock to such paradisiacal Havana sites as Varadero, which was this year named the second most-beautiful beach in the world by American travel website TripAdvisor, Cubans are typically found elsewhere.
"Not many tourists come here," said 43-year-old Rey Gonzalez, who was enjoying a day at Guanabo, a beach east of the capital.
Guanabo's sand isn't as white and the water not quite as clear as Varadero's, but that mattered little to Gonzalez, who was there with his family.