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Negative attack ads, websites in full force in DC mayoral race

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The candidates for mayor in D.C.’s upcoming primary are now in the home stretch. Election Day is next Tuesday and things are getting dirty.

If you have been watching social media or had the television on, you can tell campaigns are putting dollars to use this final week. But we noticed mud is being slung and it's not just from the candidates.

“I'm Muriel Bowser. I passed the strongest ethics law in D.C. history,” says Bowser in beautifully shot commercial of her shaking hands with residents.

This is the Muriel Bowser her campaign wants you to see.

But a not so flattering picture is on a newly-created website called murielnotready.com. A video on the website takes a stab at Bowser's experience.

We asked Bowser what she thinks of this attack on her experience.

“Voters aren't tricked at the end of campaigns with negative ads,” she said.

The Vincent Gray campaign was also hit by a negative video, but this came from an ally of former mayor Adrian Fenty, who is supporting Bowser.

So should we expect more of this negative campaigning?

“I'm going to continue to run the campaign,” said Mayor Gray. “We've got a great record, which I’m sure you guys would agree with and we want to continue to promote our record.”

“We decided at the end of the race, we wanted to send a positive message that talked to people about the issues they are concerned about -- schools, affordable housing -- and just making sure we have a responsive, ethical and honest government,” Bowser said.

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells also is on the attack. His campaign released a picture last week that includes other candidates asking “Who's pulling their strings?”

Wells is trying to highlight he is not taking corporate contribution and he has never taken contributions from Jeffrey Thompson, who said he helped fund a shadow campaign for Mayor Gray in 2010.


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