The campaign of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso has unveiled a new ad titled "Church of Karen," which combines criticism of the controversial church with a statement given by his principal rival, Congresswoman Karen Bass.
"It's ridiculous to associate me with the Church of Scientology," said Bass.
"I am a Baptist. My minister is Norman Johnson and I have never ever been affiliated with scientology and absolutely condemn their practices. That is very clear, but that's what I meant."
"The question is, how low will Rick Caruso go?" she enquired.
"Will he just continue spending money like this attacking me and hoping that he lowers my poll numbers? Or will he engage in what I believe voters really need to see, which is a dialogue and a debate and a discussion about the issues, and I don't believe he sees that as helpful to his campaign because I don't think he has serious answers for voters in Los Angeles."
As more information is revealed to the public—whether accurate or inaccurate—becomes public, the Los Angeles mayoral race grows more contentious and unsettling.