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By Jeff Fecke, 10/30/08 • And the racism spews on:

A Republican attack ad invites viewers to “meet the real Ashwin Madia,” but the still photos featured in the spot present a noticeably darker version of the 3rd District DFL congressional candidate.

“At least three of the photos of Madia were obviously darkened, using one method or another,” public affairs and media consultant Dean Alger told KARE 11.

He said the viewing public has grown accustomed to hearing distorted claims, or statements and votes used out of context. However, Alger asserts the altered images of Madia, the son of Indian immigrants, crosses a line.

I disagree. This is exactly what the Minnesota GOP has been about this year. It’s pathetic and disgusting, but the GOP has been using racial fears to attack Madia this entire race, and while it’s despicable, I don’t expect them to stop. To stop would be to admit that race-baiting is bad for the country. The GOP doesn’t seem to care about that very much right now.

Frankly, the only way to repudiate this kind of fear-mongering is for the people in the 3rd to vote for Ashwin Madia. Even if you’re a Republican, racism shouldn’t be rewarded.