Campaign leaflet creates a stink
Something stinks in a Southern California congressional race.
It's a scratch-and-sniff attack advert that portrays Democratic Representative Loretta Sanchez as an insider politician.
The advert was mailed by Republican state Assemblyman Van Tran, who is challenging Ms Sanchez for her seat in Orange County.
Mr Tran's campaign manager George Andrews told the Orange County Register the leaflet looks like a perfume advert and features a scratch-and-sniff patch that's supposed to smell like rubbish.
The advert says: "It's the stench of Washington."
Ms Sanchez's campaign manager, Caroline Hogan, said the congresswoman has been campaigning on issues of importance to local families. And she said the leaflet is a gimmick in poor taste.
Ms Sanchez is facing the first serious challenge to her seat since she was elected in 1996.