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Ron Moten campaign spot compares Yvette Alexander to Mitt Romney

D.C. politics finally has a dramatic attack ad of its own — one that wouldn’t feel out of place amid the barrage of presidential and U.S. Senate commercials now targeting Virginia voters.

It comes from Ward 7 D.C. Council hopeful Ron Moten, a Republican, and the ad attacks Democratic incumbent Yvette M. Alexander with a deep bass voice-over, menacing music, a scratchy guerrilla video clip, and a perhaps deliberate mispronunciation (“Yvette Alexandria”).

The ad features a clip from 2009, when questioning of Moten’s Peaceoholics nonprofit organization was at its peak. “I do not like people who do not elevate themselves, who drop out of school,” she told pro-Moten protesters outside the John A. Wilson Building.

“What’s the difference,” the ad asks, between that sentiment and Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” comments, also featured in the video?

That the Republican candidate is attacking his Democratic opponent by referencing the current Republican presidential candidate’s most devastating gaffe tells you just how nutty the party politics have gotten in this race.

Alexander chuckled when told about the ad.  “Oh my god,” she said. “It’s the mark of a confused man.” She noted that Moten attended a debate watch party Tuesday night hosted by the Ward 7 Democrats. “I’m like, ‘Why is he here?’ But we’re welcoming to all.”

Alexander’s the confused one, Moten said. “She’s saying the same thing [Romney] was saying. … She has left them people hanging. I want to extend my hand and lift them up,” he said.

Moten, running to represent a ward whose voters are 84 percent Democrat, has declined to say whether he’ll vote for Romney or President Obama in the upcoming election.

The ad is Internet-only for the time being, though Moten would not rule out a cable TV buy. “I’m gonna try,” he said. “I’ve gotta see how much money I raise over the next few days.”

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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