(WKRG) — A Doug Jones political mailer is drawing criticism for race-baiting.
Many black voters say they have recently received the flyers that make reference to sexual abuse allegations against Roy Moore, Jones’ opponent.
But the text on the back side of the mailer reads; “Think if a black man went after high school girls anyone would try to make him a senator?”
Dana Davis received the ad this week and says it’s overtly offensive. She went on Facebook to ask if anyone else received the ad.
“None of my friends that are Caucasian received it. A lot of people said it was only sent out to African American homes,” said Davis.
Political Strategist Jon Gray says campaign teams will often target their ads to specific demographic groups. He is not affiliated with either campaign.
“I don’t have a problem with the race card being played in the sense that people are being targeted because of their race. I think the problem is that the message doesn’t work,” said Gray. “Because if this message doesn’t hit people to motivate them, the question is, does it turn them off? Does it look like you’re pandering?”
Keith Johnson also received the flyer and says he’s no longer backing Jones.
“Prior to this, I was going to vote for Doug Jones. I felt like he was a better candidate. But after receiving this, I have decided not to vote at all,” said Johnson. “For his campaign to put this flyer out it is a complete slap in the face.”
The Doug Jones Campaign did not immediately return our calls for comment, but did previously confirm they sent out the mailers.