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Perez is calling out Vidak in state senate district 16, saying she's had enough of the attack ads.
“We've ignored it for weeks and at some point we have to stand up and say this is inappropriate, this is unacceptable and that our politics should be much more positive,” said Perez in a phone interview from
Last month the California Association of Realtors sent out a mail piece showing an injured dog. It said Perez had defended the man who abused it. Perez says she was assigned the case as a public defender. Vidak is not taking responsibility for the ad.
“That's an independent expenditure. We don't direct them in any way, we can't even talk to them,” said Vidak over the phone from Hanford.
He also can't control negative comments made on Facebook.
“I don't condone it and we try to take stuff off if we ever see on there,” said Vidak.
The race is so heated because it'll determine whether democrats have a super majority in the state. Political analyst Don Larson says history shows attack ads do work, but sometimes they can have the opposite effect.
“People are turned off by attack ads. They either vote against the person or they don't vote at all, and voter turnout is key in this race,” said Larson.
Election Day is July 23rd. The last day to register to vote in the election is Monday, July 8th.