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‘Take Your Racist Ad and Shove It’: A Congressman Rips Into a House Colleague

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A racially tinged campaign attack ad released by Representative Chris Collins has drawn the opposite of its intended effect — causing a fellow House member to criticize him in unusually caustic terms.

Representative Ted W. Lieu, a Democrat from California, called Mr. Collins, who was indicted last month on insider trading charges, “an embarrassment to the House of Representatives” on Tuesday, days after Mr. Collins released the television ad attacking his Democratic challenger, Nate McMurray.

In a Twitter post, Mr. Lieu shared an article from The New York Times about Mr. Collins’s advertisement, which added misleading text to a video of Mr. McMurray speaking Korean.

Mr. McMurray, whose wife is a naturalized citizen from South Korea, said the ad was “xenophobic.”

Mr. Lieu used more direct language.

“Take your racist ad and shove it,” he wrote on Twitter.

The controversy over the advertisement is the latest challenge for Mr. Collins, a New York Republican who is seeking a fourth term in the House to represent the Buffalo area.

In August, federal authorities indicted Mr. Collins on insider trading charges related to information he is accused of sharing with his son and others about a drug company of which Mr. Collins was a board member. Mr. Collins briefly suspended his re-election campaign before jumping back in the race earlier this month.

Mr. Lieu advised people “who get angry after watching the racist ad,” to support Mr. McMurray’s campaign.

The Collins campaign ad was based on a video that Mr. McMurray released ahead of President Trump’s June summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The ad suggests that Mr. McMurray wanted “fewer jobs for us … more jobs for China and Korea,” and “helped American companies hire foreign workers.”

On Wednesday, Natalie Baldassarre, a spokeswoman for the Collins campaign, doubled down on the claims in the television ad.

“Another day, another tired and false attack from anti-Trump, liberal Democrats,” she said. “Nate McMurray and the Democrats are so embarrassed by his radical policies of lobbying to ship American jobs overseas, that they resort to the only tool in Nancy Pelosi’s playbook — label everything you don’t like as racist or bigoted.”

A translation of the video by The Times confirmed that Mr. McMurray, who also spent time in South Korea teaching United States law and representing American businesses, does not mention jobs.

“It was hurtful,” Mr. McMurray said earlier this week. “They’ve used everything in their power to make it look like the very fact of speaking Korean or Chinese is un-American or wrong.”


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