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Salvador’s sleazy campaign ads

By Staff writer / March 16, 2009

Reporters on the Job: One of the billboards in El Salvador features leftist candidate Mauricio Funes surrounded by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who has his arm around Mr. Funes, and a bunch of other leftist leaders in Latin America.

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A Funes adviser told me that it was doctored; Funes was never in that location with Mr. Chávez. Dirty campaigning, on both sides, has been a big theme in the race.

Funes’s opponent was a former police chief whose slogan was “Vote with Wisdom.” The left shot back with a billboard of a doughnut-eating cop from “The Simpsons”: “Vote with wisdom: Don’t vote for the ex-cop.”

(Read the Monitor's report on the election results here.)

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