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Texas county commissioner candidate apologizes for doctored image of Asian American opponent’s face

  • Lesley Briones and Benjamin Chou are battling for the Democratic nomination to represent Precinct 4 in the Harris County Commissioners Court in Texas.
  • Chou accused Briones’ campaign of doctoring an image of Chou in an ad released last week, which Chou slammed as “racist” for “whitewashing” his skin.
  • The stunt has drawn backlash from Chou’s campaign, LGBTQ-plus organizations and the Asian American community.
  • In her recent apology, Briones blamed the incident on an unnamed graphic designer and said that she instructed her team to take the ad down.
  • The pair will face off against each other during Tuesday’s runoff election.

A candidate for the Harris County Commissioners Court in Texas has apologized to her Asian American opponent and the larger Asian American community after releasing an ad that contained a doctored image of her rival.

Lesley Briones, who is running against Benjamin Chou in the Democratic nomination to represent Precinct 4, initially deflected blame on an unnamed graphic designer and doubled down on accusing the latter of spreading lies.

Asian American commissioner candidate in Texas accuses opponent of racism over ‘whitewashed’ photo

BENJAMIN CHOU
  • Benjamin Chou, an Asian American candidate for the Harris County Commissioners Court in Texas, has accused his Democratic nomination opponent, Lesley Briones, of racism.
  • The controversy stems from an edited image of Chou released by Briones’ campaign, which the former said had “whitewashed” his skin and followed “a long history of doctoring images of people of color to make them look angry or menacing.”
  • In response, Briones deflected the blame to an unnamed graphic designer and doubled down on criticizing Chou’s “false attacks and defamatory lies.”
  • The candidates will head to a runoff on Tuesday, of which the winner will face incumbent Republican R. Jack Cagle in November.

An Asian American candidate for the Harris County Commissioners Court in Texas has accused his Democratic nomination opponent of racism.

Benjamin Chou, who is running to represent Precinct 4, called out Lesley Briones over an edited image of himself released for an ad posted on Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday.