THE AD: "Career Prosecutor and Victims’ Advocate Takes Dettelbach to Task," a 30-second spot by Republican attorney general candidate Dave Yost criticizing Democratic candidate Steve Dettelbach over Dettelbach's earlier criticisms of Yost as a prosecutor.

WHERE TO SEE IT: The ad is running on TV across the state, the Yost campaign said. It is not disclosing the value of the buy.

VIDEO: The spot opens with Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien — Yost's successor in that office and an unsuccessful candidate this year for Congress — talking up Yost's work as a prosecutor. Then, as she shifts to an attack on Dettelbach, split, black-and-white stills of children appear. That's followed by a portrait of Dettelbach, a former U.S. attorney, in front of a government building. That's followed by a shot of an empty chair in front of what appears to be a jury box as a series of social ills is listed. The ad closes with O'Brien again looking at the screen and attacking Dettelbach.

SCRIPT: (O'Brien) "I’m a prosecutor. I’ve seen Dave Yost protect survivors of sexual abuse and bring severe justice to their attackers. Steve Dettelbach is lying. He uses women and children as political tools instead of protecting them. Dettelbach won’t protect your family either. His law firm represents drug companies that started the opioid epidemic. As gun crime, drug trafficking and illegal immigration rose, Dettelbach prosecuted less. Steve Dettelbach turned his back. He should be ashamed."

ANALYSIS: This ad mashes up misleading elements of ads issued by both campaigns and adds a falsehood of its own. In accusing Dettelbach of using "women and children as political tools," O'Brien is referring to an ad issued first by the Democratic Attorneys General Association and then echoed by Dettelbach that criticized Yost for entering into plea agreements that resulted in lesser sentences for sex offenders. O'Brien falsely says Dettelbach is lying; he provided documents showing that the plea agreements he hit Yost over did happen. However, The Dispatch rated the DAGA ad as "misleading" because it ignored that prosecutors commonly enter into plea agreements. And, as Yost pointed out, prosecutors often allow sex criminals to plead down to spare their victims the trauma of testifying in open court.

The ad goes on to repeat misleading claims from a Yost ad attacking Dettelbach. It, too, ignores that prosecutors commonly allow defendants to plead to lesser charges and it cherry-picks statistics from a tiny dataset to make Dettelbach look like he was a weak prosecutor. It also repeats the false claim — relentlessly repeated by President Donald Trump and the far right — that illegal immigration is on the rise. It's fallen from more than 200,000 a year at the beginning of the century to fewer than 50,000 now, according to government figures.

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