A local civil rights leader is calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to denounce an attack ad against his Hispanic opponent as racist.

"Racially motivated attack ads are pretty much dog whistles but now we're seeing bull horns," said Roy Tatem, president of the East Valley NAACP.

Tatem is referring to a 30-second spot -- paid for by the Republican Governors Association -- that features the mother of a white family telling voters that David Garcia, the Democratic nominee for governor, is unsafe for Arizona.

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The images used in the televised commercials are used to stir up fear and drive conservative white voters to the polls in November, Tatem added.

The governor, who was in southern Arizona Monday afternoon, was unavailable for comment.

His campaign said the commercials outline clear differences between Ducey and Garcia on immigration issues.

Ducey's campaign chairman J.P. Twist released the following statement:

"A campaign is about issues, and in this campaign there is a clear contrast. We do not nor are we legally allowed to coordinate with the RGA, and would refer you to them for comment. However, it’s becoming clear David Garcia and his allies appear desperate to deflect from his extreme positions on the issues."

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