Begich forced to pull “Pants on Fire” ad in Alaska Senate race

posted at 9:11 pm on September 3, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich put out a scathing attack ad last week against GOP opponent Dan Sullivan in Alaska, alleging that the former attorney general is to blame for the early release and subsequent alleged crimes— a double murder and sexual assault— by one Jerry Andrew Active. Begich ran the ad without consulting the family of the victims in the case or their lawyers, and they demanded the ad be taken down because— wait for it— the case has yet to be prosecuted, and making it the centerpiece of a race for national office by a sitting senator might have the potential of derailing the case in some manner.

Politifact gave the ad a “Pants on Fire” rating after it and its response ad from Sullivan had already been taken down, at the family’s request. Here’s a bit of the transcript:

“(Sullivan) let a lot of sex offenders get off with light sentences,” says the ad’s narrator, identified as a retired police officer, standing outside of an Anchorage apartment complex. “One of them got out of prison and is now charged with breaking into that apartment building, murdering a senior couple and sexually assaulting their two-year-old granddaughter. Dan Sullivan should not be a U.S. senator.”

Politifact goes over the facts in the case and finds Begich’s charges inflammatory and false. It was a paperwork error before Sullivan’s tenure that caused the early release:

The Department of Law said at the time that they are not sure how the mistake happened, though the information network sometimes has blind spots when it comes to offenses that happen in rural villages, like the one where Active was arrested in 2007, according to the Alaska Dispatch.

Regardless, this chain of events happened before Sullivan became attorney general.

The Alaska Public Safety Information Network pulled Active’s report the day after he was arrested in January 2009 — Sullivan took office the following June. So although Active’s plea agreement and sentencing happened in 2010, while Sullivan was in office, the mistake that led to Active’s shorter sentence happened more than a year earlier. (At the time, Sullivan was on active duty for the U.S. Marine Corps, according to his campaign.)

Additionally, it’s highly unlikely that Sullivan was personally involved with Active’s case and plea agreement at all, said John Skidmore, director of the Department of Law’s criminal division. The state handles about 40,000 cases each year, at least half of which are felonies — so it’s “unrealistic” for an attorney general to be involved with individual cases, he said.

“There is no way that (any attorney general) would be involved in that sort of decision at that level at that time,” Skidmore said.

Despite the nature of the allegations and the fact that it was a lie that had to be pulled from TV to protect the victims’ family and case, there is precious little coverage of the “unprecedentedly negative” nature of Begich’s campaign. The Post did offer this analysis conceding the ad hurts him but it’s remarkably kind in tone for a guy who just ran a false ad accusing his opponent of abetting the alleged sexual assault of a toddler and the murders of two people:

1. The story became about process. The point of Begich releasing the ad was to define Sullivan in a very specific way, but the story quickly became about more about and his campaign than anything else. The front pages of today’s Alaska Dispatch News and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, for instance, feature stories about the removal of the ads, and the controversy set off by Begich’s decision. When voters look back on this incident, what are they going to remember more? The details of Begich’s ad, which only aired briefly before it was pulled? Or the resulting criticism from the family’s attorney and the Sullivan campaign, which received days of coverage?

2. Things were running smoothly. Then this happened. Begich is one of four Democratic senators running nationwide in states Mitt Romney won in 2012. Of the four, he had arguably put himself in the best position headed into the fall. He’s run effective ads produced by red state expert Mark Putnam that have sought remind voters of his deep Alaska roots, including a memorable one about the death of his father, who was a congressman. He’s done as good a job keeping President Obama at arm’s length as any other vulnerable Democrat. He hadn’t committed a major gaffe or been hit with a devastating revaluation of his past record. The most negative story about him up to this point had probably been fellow Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R) rejection of his efforts to link the two of them together. Not anymore.

Lachlan Markey reports on the family’s response to being dragged into the race and the national spotlight.

Between this and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s truly disgusting comments about Gov. Scott Walker, I’m beginning to think they’re feeling desperate.

“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.”

Wasserman Schultz added: “What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”

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Doesn’t Matter. The damage is done. And nothing will happen to him.

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 9:19 PM

All is fair in love, war and Democrat politics.

bgibbs1000 on September 3, 2014 at 9:21 PM

A note to Debbie Wasserman Schultz….

I thought you were all going to be talking about the “Wonders of Obummer Care” at this point in time…

You’re taking cheap shots at a state Governor and we have this tub of guts….

ObamaCare!!!! wo00t!!!

BigWyo on September 3, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Politifact goes over the facts in the case and finds Begich’s charges inflammatory and false. It was a paperwork error before Sullivan’s tenure that caused the early release . . . . . . .

Mary Katharine Ham on September 3, 2014 at 9:11 PM

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Doesn’t Matter. The damage is done. And nothing will happen to him.

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 9:19 PM

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Not making any promises, but I believe with two months to go, this can “back-fire” before the election.

listens2glenn on September 3, 2014 at 9:30 PM

“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.”

Wasserman Schultz added: “What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”

DWS hasn’t said a word about either the Rotherham Rapes or the women and girls being sold into slavery by Islamists.

Resist We Much on September 3, 2014 at 9:30 PM

This is totally disgusting, even for a dim. I believe this will backfire badly on Begich, as it should.

Also shows how desperate he is to run such a disgusting ad.

cat_owner on September 3, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Very smart of Begich. He ran the ad and got his message in the minds of voters.

Begich is running good ads. The one with Senator Lisa Murkowski and a Republican businessman is also a good one.

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Not making any promises, but I believe with two months to go, this can “back-fire” before the election.

listens2glenn on September 3, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I think it will. Sullivan immediately took his ad down when asked to, Begich did not. He waited until he had to.

cat_owner on September 3, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Politifact goes over the facts in the case and finds Begich’s charges inflammatory and false. It was a paperwork error before Sullivan’s tenure that caused the early release:

Another “moderate” dem that rino coxsuckers think they can find common ground with.

arnold ziffel on September 3, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke offered a demure response to reprehensible comments from DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who summoned imagery of domestic violence to attack Burke’s opponent, Gov. Scott Walker (R).

“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.”

Wasserman Schultz added: “What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”

Washington Free Beacon Staff @freebeacon.com on September 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

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I’d like to take Debbie What’s-her-face Shultz and Mary Burke BOTH over my knee, and … wait a minute … can I get “banned” for saying that?

listens2glenn on September 3, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Not making any promises, but I believe with two months to go, this can “back-fire” before the election.

listens2glenn on September 3, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Too bad the phony indictment of Stevens didn’t backfire.

Oh and suckit, Tea Gabbers!!!

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Breaking: Bad News for Racists

Feds Launch Full-Scale Civil Rights Investigation Into Ferguson Police Department

Eric Holder is expected to announce a broad investigation into the Ferguson PD and partner departments in the St. Louis area.

It looks like the Justice Department is going to go full-scale on civil rights violations in Ferguson and surrounding areas. This new investigation is in addition to the ongoing investigation into the actual shooting of Michael Brown.

Washington Post reports:

The investigation, which could be announced as early as Thursday afternoon, will be conducted by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and follow a process similar to that used to investigate other police departments across the country, the officials said.

The announcement follows the shooting last month of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American, by a white Ferguson police officer, who claimed he acted in self-defense. Brown, who was unarmed, was shot at least six times on the afternoon of Aug. 9.

Holder’s decision will represent the Obama administration’s most aggressive step to address the Ferguson shooting, which set off days of often-violent clashes between police and demonstrators in the streets of the St. Louis suburb.

The federal officials said the probe will look at not only Ferguson, but other police departments in St. Louis County. Some, like Ferguson, are predominantly white departments serving majority African-American communities. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a pending investigation.

The investigation is in addition to a Justice Department probe into whether Officer Darren Wilson, who fired the fatal shots, violated Brown’s civil rights. The new probe will look more broadly at whether the department employed policies and practices that resulted in a pattern of civil rights violations.

I have a feeling they’re going to uncover a real cesspool there.

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/09/feds-launch-full-scale-civil-rights

Thank you, Racist Cop Darren Wilson

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Eat it racist Tea Gabbers!!!

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

They do it because it works.

Women in particular are suckers for this kind of negative advertising.

blue13326 on September 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Thank you, Racist Cop Darren Wilson

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

No strategy in the middle east must not be polling well needs a distraction.

wifarmboy on September 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Eat it racist Tea Gabbers!!!

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Spot on.

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

You do know he’s not smart enough to get it.

He’s only good at cut and paste.

Barred on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Thank you, Racist Cop Darren Wilson

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Because it’s better to have your neck broken than to be called a racist. Anything is better than being called a racist. Being called a racist is a magic spell that will end your life and cause your posterity to sufferer for 7 generations. Because we all are so insecure that we can be forced to do whatever an accuser wants just by saying the word “racist”.
Racist, racist, racist, racist….

V7_Sport on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

You do know he’s not smart enough to get it.

He’s only good at cut and paste.

Barred on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Yeah I know. But the tea-gabbers bit is hi-larious.

Judge_Dredd on September 3, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Eric Holder is expected to announce a broad investigation into the Ferguson PD and partner departments in the St. Louis area.
Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

All kidding aside, Eric Holder has no business being … well, none of them have any business being in government. Not even in the motor vehicles handing out license plates. Making license plates, maybe…

V7_Sport on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Breaking: Bad News for Racists

Feds Launch Full-Scale Civil Rights Investigation Into Ferguson Police Department

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Bad news for racists? How is this bad for Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and that jug eared jackass in the white house?

Oldnuke on September 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM

@listenstoglenn, you may get banned just for the mental image. Brain bleach please…

SteveInRTP on September 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Thank you, Racist Cop Darren Wilson

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Gee Ned I offered to fly you to St Louis to house-sit for Officer Wilson…and you pussied out. What a shocker.

Wilson deserves a medal and a ticker tape parade.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Now for a word on Christianity from one of Obama’s favourite countries…

Turkish Minister: “Christianity Is No Longer A Religion,” It’s A Culture That Threatens Islam…

As opposed to Islam, which is a cult that threatens the entire world.

But, libfree & friends can continue to run around screaming about non-existent Christian barbarians…because, after all, we live in such a diverse and tolerant – albeit bankrupt on so many levels – society that we can afford to spend our time demanding that other people do business with us…because ‘equality’ or something … screaming about nail lacquer and ‘rape culture’ … because poor, white girls being raped in England or Arab minorities being sold into slavery isn’t ‘sexy’ and, besides, we might jeopardise our standing in the perfunctory PC world … and whining about the Redskins or where Michael Sam is going to play ball … because, well, doing something about the actual skinnings alive, beheadings, crucifixions, the torture, maiming, and executions of women and homosexuals, and real life human slaughterhouses in the ME is hard and would require us to actually do something more than complain about ‘micro-aggressions’, various ‘privileges’, ‘institutionalised’ this and that, and engage in the overall navel grazing that decaying, decadent and on-the-road-to-destruction societies tend to believe that they can afford to indulge indefinitely.

Sssh! Don’t tell anyone about this…because it might interfere with the snipe hunting search for the Christian bogeymen (and those of you who know me are aware that I write this as an atheist):

Savage Barbarians: Actual, Literal Slaughterhouses For Christians Discovered In Syria

But, but, but, wedding cakes, football team names, Twitter feeds, the Kardashians, and ‘fake, but accurate’ hate crimes to teach social justice or something!

Resist We Much on September 3, 2014 at 10:15 PM

“What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”

Yeah, we all want to be ‘waitress sandwiches’, ride in Splash Kennedy’s car and date Bill Clinton!!

GarandFan on September 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.”

Wasserman Schultz added: “What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”

Put a cigar in it Debbie.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 10:22 PM

The federal officials said the probe will look at not only Ferguson, but other police departments in St. Louis County. Some, like Ferguson, are predominantly white departments serving majority African-American communities. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a pending investigation.

Blacks do not become cops in their neighborhoods because they are afraid for their families. Also, it’s hard to become a cop if you have a record.

Vince on September 3, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Beg Itch’s Crap Sandwich Cafe.

He serves it up, steamy and sweet.
He wonders why Alaskans refuse to eat.
But three months time it will be a treat.
To put up the sign: Beg Itch’s Closed.

J.B. Say on September 3, 2014 at 11:13 PM

All is fair in love, war and Democrat politics.

bgibbs1000 on September 3, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Which is why, when the Thad Cochran campaign realized they were going to lose to Chris McDaniel, they turned to the real experts in corruption and dirty politics: the Democrats.

That’s right, they hired Democrat political consultants to win a Republican primary. And suddenly, there was “walking around money” available.

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 4, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Thank you, Racist Cop Darren Wilson

Ned Pepper on September 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Because it’s better to have your neck broken than to be called a racist. Anything is better than being called a racist. Being called a racist is a magic spell that will end your life and cause your posterity to sufferer for 7 generations. Because we all are so insecure that we can be forced to do whatever an accuser wants just by saying the word “racist”.
Racist, racist, racist, racist….

V7_Sport on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Yes. Those hundreds of young teenage girls in Rotherham who were allowed to be sex slaves to older Pakistani Muslim men are ever so grateful that the police did nothing to stop it. Oh, sure, they had to endure 5-10 years of constant rape, but the important thing was that the police were able to avoid being called racist.

And wasn’t that worth it?

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 4, 2014 at 1:12 AM

Example #32,493,091
Liberalism Is A Mental Disease

Pelosi Schmelosi on September 4, 2014 at 1:34 AM

“Pants on Fire” What are we, 12? How about calling him what he is: a fvcking liar.

cptacek on September 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Wasserman Schultz added: “What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”

Just hope he was wearing gloves when he decided to pull on that harpy’s mane. Between the grease and the cooties…yeeesh!!
Not to mention the possibility of having some of that DWS weapons grade stoopid slosh on ya? Noooo thanks!

VelvetElvis on September 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Put a cigar in it Debbie.

HumpBot Salvation on September 3, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Now that is disgusting!
You’ll ruin a perfectly good cigar.

VelvetElvis on September 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

He’s only good at cut and eating paste.

Barred on September 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

FIFY

GWB on September 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM