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By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Oct. 20, 2016 – 2:56 p.m.

We have a new entry in the race for the ugliest Inland political contest of 2016.

It comes from the 40th Assembly District, where Republican Assemblyman Marc Steinorth and Democratic challenger Abigail Medina are getting nasty in a big-money fight that could help alter the balance of power in Sacramento.

Steinorth’s campaign on Thursday, Oct. 20 debuted a new TV ad denouncing Medina as a “self-serving dangerous politician” who can’t be trusted. Why? “Abigail Medina wants to let dangerous criminals vote,” an off-camera female voice says.

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The California Republican Party paid for the ad.

In response, Ben Golombek of the Medina campaign said: “These are the sad lies of a desperate man (who’s) willing to say anything to hold on to his Assembly seat.”

“Let’s look at the facts, Marc Steinorth voted to make it harder for law enforcement to investigate child pornographers,” Golombek said. “Marc Steinorth opposed $5 million in funding to help sexually abused children. I’m all for having puppies adopted, but wouldn’t Marc Steinorth’s time have been better spent protecting abused children? The hypocrisy of this man is simply galling.”

The puppies line was a reference to a Steinorth’s work on behalf of pet adoptions.

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