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Lumumba reacts to Lee campaign advertisement

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Jackson Councilman Chokwe Lumumba and businessman Jonathan Lee go head to head Tuesday in the Democratic Primary for Jackson Mayor.

Lee is running a commercial that shows Lumumba saying what some believe are many controversial things. It's creating quite a buzz in the community.

Councilman Lumumba says his words are taken out of context. Jonathan Lee says the words came out of Lumumba's mouth.

"Well it's inaccurate," says Lumumba. "Whether it's dirty or not, I guess I'll leave to other people's judgement. But its inaccurate, and its taken out of context."

The ad clearly shows Lumumba saying he doesn't like police.

"Everybody knows I've done everything possible in order to give the police officers here in Jackson what they need," says Lumumba. "What I was doing, I was at a forum with a bunch of activists who had historical experiences with police officers that were bad. And what I was expressing to them is because of those experiences we naturally have problems with police."

Lumumba's religious beliefs also come up in the ad. He says in the commercial: "I don't know if Christ died and rose again. See, that's not my thing."

"Well first of all, I'm a Christian," Lumumba says in response. "Been a Christian. I'll put my credentials as a Christian up against anybody's credentials as a Christian. I follow Christ. I love Christ. Christ is Lord. I try to be Christlike. That's what I try to do. I try to be Christlike."

And talking about the United States in the advertisement, Lumumba calls it "bad".

"I love where I live," he says. "I love the country. I love the people of the country. I don't love everything the country's political and economic forces have done. Sometimes the country's political and economic forces have prayed on the people. And so because of that, I have a problem with that."

We told Jonathan Lee that Lumumba says every quotation used in the new commercial was taken out of context, and that Lumumba calls it inaccurate.

"Well it is what it is," says Lee. "I mean it's there. All I can tell you is all we did was run with what he said."

We asked Lee if that's dirty politics.

"It's just what he said," Lee responded. "You'd have to ask him. It's just exactly what he said."

The two men face off in a runoff election Tuesday.

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