Ad Insult Hispanics Americans During Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Cincinnatians are asking that local GOPs to denounce an ad that has arrived at homes around in the Southwest Ohio area. The ad has Chihuahua wearing a sombrero with the tagline, “Can you speak Spanish?”
The flier is paid for by a Republican group based out of Virginia and is aimed at Connie Pillichin the 28th district. The flier wrongly states that Pillich wants to abandon English as the language used on official documents.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports:
“They are distorting the facts and ridiculing the Hispanic community,” said Brent Wilkes, executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. “It’s a shameful piece. It really is gutter politics.”
Carrie Cantrell, a spokeswoman for The Republican State Leadership Committee, an Alexandria, Va.-based political organization that works to elect down-ticket Republicans in state races, said she appreciates the groups’ opinion, but that the ad was simply a parody of a well-known popular culture reference, a Chihuahua once used in Taco Bell advertising.
She did not apologize.
But Hamilton County and State Republicans are taking a different stance. Hamilton County Republican Chairman Alex Triantafilou said the ad was “offensive… wrong… and repugnant…”
The person whom the ad was meant to benefit, Sharonville Mayor Virgil Lovitt, the Republican candidate in the 28th District, finds the ad distasteful.
“Unfortunately they think they are helping us and in reality they are not,” said campaign manager Tony Brigano.
This ad isn’t the only one making an issue of immigrants. The 1st Congressional District also has heated race between Democrat Steve Driehaus and incumbent Republican Steve Chabot. The Ohio Republican Party has been accused of mailing campaign literature that attacks Driehaus, saying” While Ohioans struggle to find jobs Steve Driehaus supported giving work visas to illegal immigrants.”
The state of Ohio has been has been important in the national election. In the last week Barack Obama and Sarah Palin have campaigned in the Southwestern corridor of Ohio. Both are trying to bring out their base supporters as well as capture the swing voters who can be swayed not only with political issues but through influential negative campaigning.
In previous years fear, race, and sexuality has been used to drive people to the polls on Election Day. This year, with the political tone becoming higher minded, the tactics might not work.
“It’s offensive to me, pandering to racial prejudices,” Pillich said. “We should not have race-based stuff like this. The racial innuendo is not appropriate. I understand everyone is not here legally, and that’s an issue. But this is not how you deal with it. Immigration is a federal issue.”