Over The Line: New Ad Portrays Black Congressman Beating White Women

Rep. Allen West (R-FL)

Rep. Allen West (R-FL)

A new ad targeting Tea Party Congressman Allen West (R-FL) over his extreme positions on women’s rights portrays him in a boxing ring throwing punches at an elderly woman, another white woman, and a middle class family.

The ad, released by a group called the American Sunrise PAC, is narrated by a woman who criticizes West’s voting record on Medicare, women’s health care and taxes for the middle class. Each point is punctuated by a caricature of West in boxing gloves punching out voters. Watch the ad below:

West responded to the ad yesterday, calling it “reprehensible,” and adding that “it cheapens the very real and tragic occurrences of violence against women and seniors.”

Most troubling though are the racial undertones of the ad, which only distracts from the very legitimate criticism of West’s extreme voting record in Congress.

The ad also serves as a reminder of the effects that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling has had on electoral politics. The rise of outside groups like the American Sunrise PAC has allowed well-funded donors to circumvent campaign finance limits to finance irresponsible ads like this, with little accountability for their contents. West’s Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy has so far offered no comment on the ad other than to say his campaign does not respond to third-party ads, though disclosure forms show that Murphy’s father is the single largest contributor to the PAC responsible for the ad.