Georgia Governor Candidate Stacey Evans Blasted for Campaign Video Filmed Without Permission On MLK Day at Ebenezer Baptist Church

FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Rep. Stacey Evans, D - Smyrna, speaks during a Georgia legislative session in Atlanta. The Democratic candidate for the Georgia governorship is facing backlash over a campaign video that critics have called racially insensitive. The video shot by Evans' campaign and posted to social media featured Evans attending service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was a pastor. The clip ends with an image of Evans fading into a portrait of King. The church issued a statement Thursday, saying that it was unaware the video was being produced. The church doesn't endorse political candidates. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Rep. Stacey Evans, D – Smyrna, speaks during a Georgia legislative session in Atlanta. The Democratic candidate for the Georgia governorship is facing backlash over a campaign video that critics have called racially insensitive. The video shot by Evans’ campaign and posted to social media featured Evans attending service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was a pastor. The clip ends with an image of Evans fading into a portrait of King. The church issued a statement Thursday, saying that it was unaware the video was being produced. The church doesn’t endorse political candidates. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

A candidate for Georgia governor has taken down a campaign video that was filmed without permission at the church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.

The video by Stacey Evans’ campaign featured her attending a service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta at its annual service for King. The clip ends with an image of Evans fading into a portrait of the late civil rights leader.

The church said in a statement Thursday that the video was made without its knowledge or consent. The church does not endorse political candidates.

Evans, who is white, is running in the Democratic primary against Stacey Abrams, who is black.

The Evans campaign accused Abrams of deciding “to distort” the video, which was removed from social media. Abrams’ campaign declined to comment.

SOURCE: AP