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LA mayor race heats up with new ad

by Take Two

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Kevin James and other mayoral candidates take part in two candidate forums. Grant Slater/KPCC

It is less than a week until the city holds elections, and most people in Los Angeles don't seem very interested in the race for mayor. That's certainly not the fault of the candidates.  They've been engaging in sometimes firey debates at locations across the city. And they are running ads.

The latest is, by almost any measure, a stunner.  It comes from candidate Kevin James. It is a bare-toothed attack ad, featuring look-alikes for opponents Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti as late-night gravediggers burying bodies.

To fact check and analyze this and other ads, Take Two speaks with Jessica Levinson, a long time city hall observer who teaches election law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and Ken Wheaton, managing editor at Advertising Age in New York. 


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