Marisa Schultz of the Detroit News reports “Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra has taken down a controversial Chinese-themed website and is phasing in a new TV commercial in the slot of his original Super Bowl ad that was panned as racially insensitive.”
When Schultz asked Hoekstra campaign spokesman Paul Ciaramitaro about dropping the old, he said in an e-mail: “After hundreds of thousands of visitors to the micro-site saw our first campaign ad and the effects of Stabenow’s reckless spending, we wanted to direct traffic to Pete’s site where voters can see our second ad, which lays out Pete’s vision of fiscal discipline and economic growth.”
What a crock.
Pete was shellacked by the negative backlash on his racially-charged ad, and correctly pulled it down. (Although he never admitted the slightest bit of remorse.)
One of Hoekstra’s Republican challengers, Clark Durant, was also disgusted by rival’s ad. He launched his own television commercial criticizing Hoekstra’s ad as “demeaning,” “hypocrisy,” “misleading” and “goofy.”
You can watch Durant’s new ad here: