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Senate candidates pull campaign ads

Posted: September 2, 2014 - 7:41pm

JUNEAU — Television ads in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race have been pulled by the two major party candidates after complaints from the family of two slaying victims.

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, began airing an ad last week trying to portray his Republican opponent, former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan, as soft on crime. The ad featured a man identified as a former Anchorage police officer standing outside the home where an elderly couple was beaten to death and a family member sexually abused in 2013. It ended with the man saying Sullivan should not be a senator.

Sullivan swiftly responded with an ad of his own, accusing Begich of trying to use the case for political gain. Begich’s ad did not name the suspect in the crimes, Jerry Active, but Sullivan’s commercial did, with Sullivan saying he “personally put criminals away for life, and that’s exactly where Jerry Active belongs.”

Active is scheduled to stand trial later this month. Sullivan’s campaign manager, Ben Sparks, said the response was necessary to counter Begich’s “desperate” attack.

Alaska’s Senate race has national implications, with Republicans seeing Begich as vulnerable as they strive to pick up six seats to gain control of the chamber. The ads also had a harder edge than others featured in the race so far.

An attorney for the victims’ families, Bryon Collins, asked that the ads be withdrawn. Sullivan’s campaign on Sunday called for TV stations to remove its ad, while a Begich spokesman, Max Croes, said the campaign would modify its ad to eliminate references to the case.

Croes said in the same statement that Sullivan “recklessly featured a name from a pending court case in a television ad, as an attorney and former attorney general he should have known better. His TV ad very clearly needed to be pulled from the air.”

But Collins, in a letter to the campaigns Monday, accused Begich’s campaign of “tearing this family apart,” to the point they want to leave the state.

“Again, to be perfectly clear, it was your ad that shocked them,” Collins wrote.

Begich’s campaign made a formal request to TV stations Monday to stop showing the ad. However, given it was Labor Day, the ads from both campaigns aired that day.

The families’ attorney said he confirmed Tuesday that the ads were down.

Begich, following an event in Juneau, said Sullivan had a “pattern when he was attorney general of doing these plea deals that let violent offenders, sexual offenders out earlier than they should be.”

Sullivan has defended his work as attorney general, saying he secured tougher sentences for violent criminals and moved to crack down on domestic violence and sexual assault.

He was appointed attorney general in June 2009, a position he held until late 2010. Begich’s campaign said Sullivan’s name appeared on a 2010 plea agreement with Active. It provided a link to a charging document with Sullivan’s name but signed by another prosecutor. Sullivan’s camp said a law enforcement report, predating his time as attorney general, failed to include Active’s prior felony conviction, which affected his sentencing in a 2010 case.

The Department of Law, which is overseen by the attorney general, says the plea deal “may have been incorrect and not consistent with the law.” It says the department, judge and the Department of Corrections failed to identify Active’s conviction before sentencing and noted the faulty law enforcement report.

Attorney General Michael Geraghty, in a statement released by Sullivan’s campaign, said the Begich ad attempting to hold Sullivan responsible for the 2013 crime “has no basis in fact.”

Geraghty told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he changed the plea bargain policy for more serious offenses but that he had not heard from prosecutors the kinds of claims Begich was making.

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jford
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jford 09/04/14 - 09:17 pm
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Sullivan is a carpetbagger, he's not an Alaskan.

And that's not the only reason he shouldn't be anywhere near the US Senate.

There's HB 77, which he authored, and it's attempted passage, which disqualifies him because it's proof he won't be serving the interests of his constituents, he'll only be working for the extra pay he can pick up by way of corporate campaign donations.

But there's also this:

http://wickershamsconscience.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/may-you-koch-on-it...

KenaiKardinal88
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KenaiKardinal88 09/06/14 - 06:04 am
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Begich Votes With Obama and Harry Reid

Funny how no one in the Begich campaign talks about he votes with liberal Democrats in Washington DC.

Begich is the worst member of Congress in the history of Alaska.

Sullivan is a vast improvement over a mean-spirited former Anchorage Assemblyman.

Norseman
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Norseman 09/06/14 - 07:21 am
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KK88 let me set you straight

KK88 let me set you straight with the facts.

First Mr Begich is not the worst member in congress. He is in the SENATE! Perhaps you should think and do a little research before you put your thoughts in action.

He is all Alaskan and is better suited to work across all aisles.

Ohio Dan Sullivan is backed by the koch brothers and is just another puppet for corporations.

As far as who is the worst member in congress, that distinction would be long to Don Young. He is a total and complete embarrassment to this great state.

jford
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jford 09/06/14 - 07:47 am
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Alaska Sen. Mark Begich at the forefront in the effort

Alaska: Seventy-six percent support increasing benefits, including 59 percent who strongly support. Just 24 percent oppose. Fifty-nine percent would be more likely to vote for a member of Congress who voted for the increase, but 67 percent would punish their representative for voting to cut benefits.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich has been at the forefront in the effort to increase benefits, and has been running on the issue.

This bodes well for him.

http://www.socialsecurityworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/memo.CCC-A...

kearbear
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kearbear 09/06/14 - 08:11 am
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Begich voted for this monstrosity

Obamacare is a monstrosity of smoke and mirrors. 33 Alaskans cost 7 million dollars in claims. Insurance companies will lose another 5 million next year. Fools Gold of silver plans. It is unworkable and creates a crisis for all Alaskans. 10,000 Alaskans signed up for silver plans, most received the maximum Federal subsidy of $6,000 towards their annual premium. Do the math $6,000 x 10,000 = $60,000,000 in Federal Subsidies. Taxpayer money and Mark Begich voted for this monstrosity. Walker/Mallott want more of this.

"In 2015, Premera Blue Cross insurance rates will increase between 35 and 40 percent" in Alaska due to Obamacare. The new insurance rates were just released.

jford
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jford 09/06/14 - 07:56 am
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Sullivan got $4,500 in tax

Sullivan got $4,500 in tax breaks that Sullivan and his family received between 2006 and 2008 when they purchased a house in Bethesda Maryland and declared it their “principal residence.”

Sullivan also voted in Alaska in the November 2008 general election and said he had been an Alaska resident since 1997 when he registered his U.S. Senate candidacy in May.

Sullivan's family and personal connections around Ohio are so strong that 30 percent of the money he raised came from the Ohio.

He raised far more in Ohio than he raised in Alaska.

Ohio Dan, the carpetbagger from Ohio, claims to live in Maryland and Alaska at the same time.

jford
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jford 09/07/14 - 11:05 am
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Obama care works and only Teapublicans still attack it.

Even majority Republicans have learned to quit bashing the Affordable Care Act.

Well, except for Parnell, even red state governors are changing their tune and accepting the expansion.

artcambell
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artcambell 09/06/14 - 08:06 am
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Norseman,

Civics lesson:
CONGRESS is comprised of the "House of Representatives and the Senate:
KK88 was correct.

borninak
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borninak 09/06/14 - 08:19 am
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artcambell

Correction: KK88 has not been correct once in his life. Norseman just was incorrect on the congress definition. KK88 is the most outrageous, hateful, right wing, nut case on this forum. Let me know when he posts the first intelligent anything on ANY subject.

artcambell
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artcambell 09/06/14 - 08:35 am
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borninak

KK88 is correct:

" Begich is the worst member of Congress in the history of Alaska"

kearbear
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kearbear 09/06/14 - 10:58 am
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Help set the agenda

“Alaska’s agenda is not being heard in the Senate right now. I believe that is due in main part to the fact that you have a majority leader that just has a different agenda than a resource-development state like Alaska.” Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski is hoping for six Senate seats to go to Republicans in the November election — including the one Mark Begich, D-Alaska, is seeking re-election to, in order to switch majority control. With her seniority, that change would move her into chair positions on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Interior and Environment Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and allow Republicans to set the Senate agenda.

“I need to have a majority leader that agrees that our nation’s economy is better, that the opportunities for Alaskans and all Americans are better when we’re able to access our resources in a responsible way. I need to have the confidence that that person is helping set the agenda, and we’re not going to have that if Harry Reid continues,” Lisa Murkowski

jford
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jford 09/06/14 - 10:26 pm
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GOP blocks aid to veterans Republicans do not support troops

Senate Republicans stopped a bill that would have expanded healthcare and education programs for veterans.

“I hope all the veterans groups have witnessed all the contortions the Republicans have done to defeat this bill,” “Shame on Republicans?

S. 1982, would have expanded veterans' healthcare programs, given veterans in-state tuition rates at all schools across the country and provided advanced appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

It also sought to permanently fix a cut to the growth rate of veterans' pensions. Earlier this year, Congress passed a bill to avoid a cut in the growth rate for current service members and veterans, but anyone enlisting after 2013 would still see a cut. S 1982 would have eliminated that cut as well.

Begich voted to pass S 1982

Murkowski couldn't even be bothered to vote.

Murkowski talks about her support for the troops.

Trouble is, she didn't vote to support the troops.

She's all talk, and no support.

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