Another Holocaust Gaffe: Candidate's Death Camp Ad

Mike Wells says concentration camp picture was an accident
By Derek Andersen,  Newser User
Posted May 7, 2014 5:47 AM CDT

A Fresno, Calif., city council candidate attracted the wrong kind of attention when he sent out a flier on Saturday that featured what looked like a picture of a concentration camp, the Fresno Bee reports. It features a message criticizing Mike Wells' opponent in red letters across the backdrop of a ramshackle building surrounded by barbed wire. That building resembles one from Auschwitz, according to a local rabbi and pastor, who joined incumbent Republican councilman Clint Olivier (who used words like "sickened," "disgusted," and "reprehensible") in a press conference Monday to denounce the flier.

YourCentralValley quotes Wells as saying in an apology on Monday that "I didn't know what it was but it looked like it could have been a building in our neighborhoods here in District 7." Wells did see a draft of the flier, but "didn't recognize" the image "from anything I had seen before," and no one on his team asked about its source. He says a graphic designer (who has since been let go) chose the image upon his request that a photo showing "urban blight" be used; he yesterday verified it was a concentration camp image, notes the Bee. The local Democratic Party removed the flier from its offices and party chair Michael Evans also apologized for it on behalf of the party. (It's been a rough week for Holocaust gaffes in California: The Rialto school district came under a hail of criticism for a very questionable Holocaust assignment.)

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