Controversial ad disappears from Dems web site

Democrats dropped an ad that Hispanics had criticized as unfairly depicting illegal immigrants as terrorists.

The ad had disappeared from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s Web site Thursday. A link that had led to the advertisement now leads to a different ad.

No announcement was made about what happened to the ad. A DSCC spokesman did not return phone calls and an e-mail message seeking comment.

Democratic and Republican Hispanics had complained Wednesday about the ad. The 35-second ad questioned GOP homeland security and anti-terrorism policies. It featured images of Osama bin Laden and North Korea’s Kim Jong Il and two people scaling a border fence and the words “Feel Safer?”

Houston City Councilwoman Carol Alvarado, a Democrat, was among those who asked the DSCC to pull the ad. She said it could alienate Latino voters. The Republican National Hispanic Assembly and Latino groups also criticized the ad.

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