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Democrats call on New Mexico GOP to stop racist mailer

Democratic lawmakers and others called on the Republican Party of New Mexico on Thursday to disavow a political mailer condemned as racist. The mailer paid for the state GOP and targeting Democrats in at least nine competitive House districts uses a stock photo that was altered to darken the skin tone of the hands of a person who represents a sex offender cutting a boy’s hair. In a statement issued earlier in the day, Rev. Charles E. Becknell said “digitally darkening the skin tone of the person in this ad, while suggesting they are a sexual predator, is blatantly racist and completely inexcusable.”

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