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Issa defends himself from accusations of 'gay-baiting' in campaign ad

Posted On: Jan 24, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Issa defends himself from accusations of 'gay-baiting' in campaign ad

LOS ANGELES - Former Rep. Darrell Issa is facing fierce backlash over a controversial new campaign ad that critics say is "gay-baiting" against his opponent in a competitive congressional primary.
But Issa - who is mounting a bid to return to the House two years after retiring from the chamber - is strongly defending the attack ad, which prominently notes that his fellow Republican, Carl DeMaio, is gay.
The spot includes shots of headlines from two news stories from The Hill and The Los Angeles Blade, an LGBTQ publication, that both refer to DeMaio's sexuality. In one case, a headline from a 2018 article in the Blade carries the headline “Carl DeMaio: California's gay GOP kingmaker.” Another features a 2013 article from The Hill: “Gay GOP Candidate: Party Must Change.”
The ad, which uses black-and-white photos of MS-13 gang members, attacks DeMaio as being insufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump and soft on issues like the border wall and prosecution of criminal gangs.
Issa, in a phone interview...

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