Indicted GOP Rep Goes Racist In First Campaign Ad

The New York Times reports:

Representative Chris Collins, a New York Republican indicted on insider trading charges, just jumped back into the race for his House seat, but he’s already making waves with a negative ad. Mr. Collins attacked his Democratic challenger for the Buffalo-area seat, Nate McMurray, in a racially tinged television ad that draws on a video that Mr. McMurray released ahead of a June summit between the United States and North Korea.

The ad features Mr. McMurray, whose wife is a naturalized citizen from South Korea, speaking in Korean, with captions provided by the Collins campaign. As Mr. McMurray speaks, the ad suggests that Mr. McMurray wanted “fewer jobs for us … more jobs for China and Korea.” At another point, the ad asserts that Mr. McMurray “helped American companies hire foreign workers,” as a picture of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, hovers in the background.

From the conservative site Hot Air:

Attacking McMurray for speaking Korean (which is how this comes across) is painfully inept and comes off as a pretty racist move, frankly. The guy’s wife is a naturalized citizen from South Korea, which is an ally of ours.

And the clip he’s using doesn’t mention jobs, but rather optimism that the two Koreas might settle their differences and bring an end to the conflict on the peninsula. The whole thing just comes off as a mess which is easily refuted by his opponent.

The better question might be why Collins is bothering with an attack ad anyway. The race is no doubt a bit tougher now than it would have been before his arrest, but the Cook Political Report still has him in the Lean Republican category. There doesn’t appear to be any new polling on the race since he jumped back in, but it’s at least an R+11 district.