Begich Pulls Controversial Campaign Ad Featuring Murder Case

September 2, 2014 2:40 p.m.

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) has pulled a campaign TV ad that connected his GOP opponent with a prominent murder case, amid furor from Republicans, KTVA in Anchorage reported Tuesday.

The Anchorage Daily News reported last week on the ad and the resulting backlash from Republican nominee Dan Sullivan and his supporters. The ad, which appears to have disappeared online, linked Sullivan, formerly Alaska’s attorney general, with the light sentence given to a sex offender, who was later charged with murdering an elderly couple and sexually assaulting their young granddaughter after his release, according to the newspaper.

Sullivan released a response ad and a timeline of the issue, which the Daily News reported showed that the events that led to the accused killer’s release occurred before Sullivan became attorney general in 2009.

According to KTVA, a lawyer for the victims’ family had asked both campaigns to pull the ads. Sullivan’s campaign will also drop its response ad.

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