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AD WATCH: Sheriff Leon Lott hits Haley on DSS in Sheheen ad

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has come out swinging against Gov. Nikki Haley and the Department of Social Services in a new campaign ad for state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

The ad, simply titled "Sheriff", features Lott discussing Haley and the recent issues with DSS.

Haley and DSS Director Lillian Koller have come under fire from Democrats who say DSS is not doing enough to protect children in the wake of several child deaths.

"I've handled thousands of child abuse cases. We have to protect these vulnerable kids, but children are dying," said Lott. "Children Nikki Haley's administration is supposed to protect."

Lott goes on to throw his endorsement behind the Democratic candidate for governor and says Sheheen will clean up Haley's "mess."

"Vincent Sheheen is a former prosecutor who won't play politics with children's lives," said Lott.

Haley's campaign responded to the ad, saying it wins the "Academy Award for irony."

"Vince Sheheen says he's not playing politics with children's lives, but that's exactly what he's doing with this ad," said campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey.

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