The race was plunged into chaos last month when a newly formed super PAC, Turn Right USA, produced an Internet-only advertisement targeting Hahn that featured foul-mouthed rappers and a stripper gyrating on a pole. The spot was meant to criticize a program backed by Hahn to help former gang members.
The Hahn campaign has seized on the incident in fundraising pleas and alleges possible coordination between Huey’s campaign and the super PAC. Huey has said that he had no knowledge of the ad or the group behind it.
“It was a huge distraction, and it continues to be a distraction,” said Jimmy Camp, Huey’s campaign manager. “We can’t talk about anything now without them accusing us of being tied to this ugly thing, this racist, sexist video.”
Lisa Rosenberg, a Sunlight Foundation consultant who monitors campaign finance issues, said, “These shadow organizations are basically going to be running the campaigns.”