Friday, October 8, 2010

Vitter's latest attack ad

Posted By Google on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Republican Sen. David Vitter, taking a cue from Sharon Angle, introduced his latest ad ("Welcome Prize"), targeting democratic opponent Charlie Melancon on immigration. From Team Vitter:

I launched a new TV ad highlighting Charlie Melancon’s record of voting to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get taxpayer-funded benefits and welfare. Melancon even voted against allowing police to arrest illegal immigrants.

Thanks to Washington liberals like Charlie Melancon, we might as well put out a welcome sign at our borders.

I believe in a legal immigration process for those who want to pursue the American dream. But Charlie Melancon's votes making it easy for illegals to get taxpayer-funded benefits, highlighted in the ad, are offensive to me and many, many Louisianians.

I also strongly support Arizona’s new law that gets tough on illegal immigration. As the chairman and founder of the U.S. Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus, I’ll continue to fight hard against any use of your tax dollars for welfare for illegals.

Here's the ad:

Aside from the ad's obvious race-baiting ("Dirty brown people are stealing from you, America!"), it's also, well, totally misleading, or backwards. Melancon voted against allowing illegal immigrants from owning or renting properties built from affordable housing funds, and the "welfare check" bit refers to this, which is designed so illegal immigrants don't receive the Earned Income Tax Credit — which was introduced by Republicans. As for the police, it's a non-issue. "Illegal immigration enforcer" isn't in their job description anyway.

And then there's this, from Team Melancon: "Illegal immigration is a threat to our communities and a burden on our local governments. We must do something to solve this problem," he said in a statement announcing his support of the Save America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act.

Melancon also voted in favor of a border fence and to make being in the U.S. illegally a felony. On immigration, Vitter and Melancon are, or should be, BFFs. So who, or what, is Vitter really after on this? Poking at his emotional homebase fearing job loss? Yes.

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