Six days to go until the March 5 primary in which an expected low number of registered voters in Los Angeles will pick their choice for mayor. If no candidate reaches 50% plus one vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to a run-off on May 21. And while the current top two candidates – LA City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilmember Eric Garcetti – have only broadcast positive TV ads so far, the mailboxes have been full of attack ads and now, the LA Times reports, Greuel has gone on radio with an ad attacking Garcetti, as well.
But that pales in comparison to the jaw-dropping ad produced for Kevin James’ dark horse campaign. As I reported last November (with videos show James’ shouting match with Hardball’s Chris Matthews), the openly gay right-wing Republican attorney and radio talk show host is working with notorious Republican ad man Fred Davis who created the super PAC Better Way LA to help James win. Davis told the LA Times he hopes James will ignite a “rebirth” of the Republican Party in California. But this is the same political ad man who, as Think Progress reported, has a long history of race-baiting – and he’s the man who developed the infamous “Demon Sheep” ad for Carly Fiorina, and the “I’m Not a Witch” ad for Christine O’Donnell. Now James is out with a web ad that spins off a comment made by Greuel that she will be able to reform City Hall as mayor because she knows “where the bodies are buried.” As The Times reports today, without indicating whether the ad is a Davis special: “James often retorts that Greuel knows where the bodies are buried because she buried them, and this video takes that message to a new level.”