The National Republican Congressional Committee dropped an attack ad Tuesday morning implicating Rep. Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat, over a “sex for hire” massage parlor story.
The video, based on a series of local TV news and online reports, said that Kind owns a La Crosse property in Wisconsin that made him thousands of dollars renting space to a massage parlor that advertised on sex-for-hire websites such as RubMaps and BodyRubsMap.
“What’s Ron Kind hiding?” asks a voice-over in the ad. “Reports reveal Kind made tens of thousands of dollars from a seedy massage parlor.”
It cites a report that a “massage business located in a building owned by King has a history of posting on websites advertising illicit sex.”
The spot also shows a TV reporter saying seven calls to the police have been made to the address of Kind’s building since the massage business opened in May 2018. Another ties the industry in general to “human sex trafficking.”
The ad concludes, “Call and tell Ron Kind to stand up to sex traffickers.”
The story said that Impression Spa opened its doors in April 2018 in Kind’s building and that an ad on BodyRubsMap appeared that first day. BodyRubsMap describes itself as the “best alternative to Backpage,” a now-seized website known as the largest marketplace for buying and selling sex.
On Friday, Kind blamed Google for the massage parlor’s advertising on sex-for-hire websites, telling a local news outlet that because of the tech company’s “algorithms, [the ads] get attached to various sites that the small business has no control over.”
However, a spokesman for Google told the Washington Free Beacon such suggestive ads “are not Google-placed ads.” He said the company specifically “does not run Google ads” on any of the illicit massage sites in question and said its publisher policies “prohibit content that promotes compensated sex acts.”
Kind is among 57 House Democrats targeted by the NRCC ahead of the 2022 midterm elections and has represented Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District since 1996. However, Republicans see an opportunity to pick up Kind’s seat this cycle, as the veteran Democrat won his last election by just over 2 and a half percentage points.
“If Ron Kind seeks reelection, Wisconsin voters will hold him accountable for his poor judgment. Ron Kind needs to come clean and explain what’s been going on at his property,” NRCC spokesman Mike Berg said in a statement.
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