Editorial: Enough with the dog-whistle politics

Many political attack ads stretch the truth and associations of an opponent to the extreme, but a television ad that began airing locally Wednesday that tried to link Ohio 1st Congressional District candidate Aftab Pureval to Libyan terrorists was an ugly low blow. The ad, funded and produced by a super PAC aligned with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, is a dog whistle that blatantly attempts to remind voters of Pureval’s “otherness” by making a misleading connection between the Democratic challenger and a settlement negotiated with Libyan terrorists by a law firm where he used to work. Never mind Pureval had nothing to do with the settlement the ad references.

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