Earlier this month, Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R-NV) released a vicious ad slamming opponent Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) as being the “best friend an illegal alien ever had.” “Illegals sneaking across our border, putting Americans’ safety and jobs at risk,” the ad narrator proclaims as images of menacing men with flashlights walking along a fence appear on the screen alongside a snapshot of an innocent looking white family.
The tone of the ad is so offensive that even the chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Hispanic Caucus and Angle spokesperson, Tibi Ellis, criticized it on Spanish language radio. The Las Vegas Sun reports:
Tibi Ellis on Monday told 1060 AM Spanish radio host Edwin Saldarriaga that she doesn’t agree with Angle’s depiction of illegal immigrants in a campaign ad released earlier this month.
“I condemned this type of propaganda, no matter who is running them, where they blame Mexicans as the only problem and where they attack them as the only source of illegal immigration,” Ellis told Saldarriaga. “I don’t agree with that.”
Ellis stressed to Saldarriaga that she was not representing Angle during the interview. Ellis, however, has served as a spokeswoman for Angle, according to an interview she gave to Texas GOP Vote, in which she recounted a campaign trip she took with Angle to Denton, Texas.
Watch the ad:
Politifact found the claims made in Angle’s ad are also blatantly false. Besides claiming that Reid and “illegal aliens” are BFF, the ad accuses Reid of giving undocumented immigrants tax breaks as the rest of Nevadans languish in the deep recession. However, according to Politifact, “Most of the Angle camp’s cited votes were actually aimed at people in the U.S. legally (even though they may formerly have been illegal), and in at least two cases, we disagree that what was being voted on represented a ‘special tax break’ at all.”
A Reid spokesperson remarked, “Sharron Angle’s extreme hostility toward Hispanic Nevadans is so blatant and so striking that not even her own campaign surrogates can avoid denouncing her shameless efforts to play on voters’ worst fears with her thoroughly-debunked lies about immigration.”
Angle’s campaign, however, has not “conceded” the Latino vote. Angle is reportedly “courting endorsements from Hispanic leaders and has plans to air Spanish-language ads.” Some Latinos still remain skeptical. “For me, she is scary,” Esperanza Montelongo, a Reid supporter who hosts a Spanish-language political radio show in Las Vegas, told the Associated Press. “She is anti-anything Latino.”