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CLF Pulls Sexual Harassment Ads After Accuser Recants

The GOP super PAC claimed it always planned to switch to a new campaign.

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Drew Gerber
Oct. 3, 2018, 9:48 a.m.

The Congressional Leadership Fund pulled its ads highlighting a woman's claim that lottery winner Gil Cisneros (D) sexually harassed her after the woman publicly rescinded her allegation and attributed the incident to a misunderstanding.

After she met with Cisneros, Melissa Fazli and the Democrat's attorneys both demanded the ads be dropped. "On Tuesday, Charter Communications, which operates Spectrum cable TV in Southern California, said in an email to Cisernos’ campaign that the super PAC had agreed to pull the ads off the air. The ads continued to be available for viewing on social media as of Tuesday afternoon. ... The PAC denied on Tuesday that it pulled its sexual-harassment attack ads in response to Fazli’s about-face, saying it already planned to switch to a different television ad campaign."

Fazli, on the CLF ads: "They victimized me all over again by doing this. I was crying. They never even contacted me. They went way too far."

CLF Spokeswoman Courtney Alexander: Her reversal is "another example of a rich and powerful man using his power to intimidate a victim of sexual harassment." Fazli denied any pressure from Cisneros to recant her allegations. (Los Angeles Daily News)

Cisneros faces former state Assemblywoman Young Kim (R) to fill retiring Rep. Ed Royce's (R) seat.

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