Soros-funded San Diego DA campaign ads slammed, pulled

Posted at 6:14 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 21:14:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Campaign ads against San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan over a backlog of rape kits to be tested were recently pulled from television.

More than a hundred people stood on the steps of San Diego's Hall of Justice, showing support for Stephan, as she blasted her opponent's television campaign ads. The ads were paid for by the Justice and Public Safety PAC, funded by billionaire financier George Soros.

"We need your help to get the word out, San Diego is not for sale!" Stephan said, flanked by several crime victims who shared their personal stories.

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The ad in question is about rape kits not being tested. Stephan announced in April that her office is spending $1 million for an out-of-state laboratory to test 1,000 rape kits to end a backlog.

Stephan's opponent, Genevieve Jones-Wright, stands by the ads, saying she hopes they'll be updated with larger numbers.

"My reaction ... hopefully, they make it more accurate; not hundreds of backlogged rape kits," Jones-Wright said. "There are thousands still sitting on our shelves, collecting dust as a result of her failed leadership."

It's not clear why the ads were pulled.