Religious, racial attacks heat up home stretches of campaigns

by David Sherfinski - The Washington Times  |  published on October 28, 2014

A Republican candidate for state Senate in Washington is being attacked anonymously for his Catholic views through a cartoonish flier that says he “has always worn his church on his sleeve” and has best represented the people of “the Vatican.”

It’s one of several over-the-top rhetorical attacks that pop up in the last weeks of election season, when identity politics and national security scares are pitched to a polarized electorate.

In the South, race-based appeals are popular ways to rally black voters, while Republicans tie opponents to terrorists.

In Washington state, the anti-Catholic ad targets Mark Miloscia, a Democrat turned Republican. It portrays the former state representative from Federal Way wearing a rosary and pope’s miter and carrying a briefcase adorned with the Mississippi state flag.

“Republican Mark Miloscia came from the Deep South … with plenty of baggage,” the flier reads. “‘Mississippi Mark’ has always worn his church on his sleeve. Rather than represent the people of Federal Way, he has best represented the people of The Vatican.”