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Senate campaigns retract political ads

By Kate McPherson 6:59 AM September 2, 2014

Two political ads — one from Sen. Mark Begich, the other from Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, are being pulled from the air.

Begich endorsed an ad, which began airing across the state on Friday, claiming Sullivan signed off on a reduced sentence for a man who is now charged with murder and sexual assault.

Sullivan quickly fired back, releasing his own ad in which he defends his record. Sullivan names the accused man and says he should be put in jail for life. However, the trial for the case hasn’t started.

Representatives from both campaigns say Anchorage lawyer Bryon Collins, who is representing the victims’ family, requested all reference to the tragic case be pulled from campaign messages.

University of Alaska Anchorage political science professor Forrest Nabors says Begich’s campaign took a risk approving the ad.

“You want to take that big risk if you think you are down and you need that home run you are going to go for it, and that’s what this advertisement told me about the Begich campaign — that they need to fight very hard and take significant risks in order to win in November,” Nabors said.

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