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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.