Religious And Ethnic Coalition Presses Vitter To Take Down And Apologize For Insensitive Ad

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If constituent anger is any indication, the most truly offensive campaign ad this season comes from David Vitter featuring actors playing illegal immigrants, sneaking into the country to a welcoming parade and a big fat taxpayer check, thanks, supposedly, to the liberal politics of his opponent, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA)

A coalition of about two dozen high-profile religious and ethnic leaders in the state was so put off by the segment that they’ve asked Vitter in a letter and a petition to take it down and apologize.We’re told by Louisiana sources that Vitter met last night with Archbishop Gregory Aymond of Catholic Charities to discuss the segment, but no word yet on what, if any, common ground they reached.

Watch the offending segment below.

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