Sen. Mark Begich’s campaign released the most inflammatory ad of this campaign on Friday going into the holiday weekend. The ad features former Anchorage Police Department officer Bob Glen, who, among other things, blames GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan for the heinous 2013 rape of a 2-year-old and the murder of her elderly relatives.
According to the city’s human resources department, Glen was an officer with APD from 1989 to 2010.
Sullivan’s campaign shot back with an ad of its own, calling the Begich commercial “despicable.” In a press release, Sullivan says that Begich is “lying to Alaskans and using the murder of an elderly couple and the sexual assault of a two-year old for his own political gain,… Most Alaskans know that Mark Begich will do or say anything to win election, but this latest television ad proves it.” (Both of the ads are below, and because the case in question is still open, both the ads should make defense lawyers howl.)
Begich’s spokesperson, Max Croes, is sticking by the ad. “He is personally responsible for the actions of the Department of Law when he was Attorney General,” Croes said about Sullivan.
Sullivan was AG from. June 2009 to
April December 2010. He then became the commissioner of the state’s Department of Natural Resources until he stepped down to run for office last fall.
Click here for a timeline of events according to the AG’s office. Here are the general facts: Jerry Andrew Active is accused of committing the crimes in May 2013, 12 hours after he was released from jail, where he was serving time for a parole violation. The crimes were committed nearly three years after Sullivan left the AG’s office. An error in the state database system, one that was maintained by the Department of Public Safety, which is separate from the Department of Law, was likely the reason for the light sentence Active received for a 2009 rape which pre-dated Sullivan’s time. The error also contributed to a subsequent “light” plea deal that Active made in 2010, while Sullivan was AG, and why he was released in 2013. Had the error been spotted, he would have been subject to a longer prison term.
According to a report done on the case by the current Attorney General Michael Geraghty, the database error took place on Jan. 30, 2009, when Sullivan was on duty with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Cori Milles, an assistant AG who also serves as a spokesperson for the Department of Law, said she couldn’t get into specifics because the case is still open and she didn’t want to risk sullying a potential jury pool. However, she said that during Sullivan’s time as AG, there were approximately 47,287 criminal cases handled by the Department of Law. About 12,155 of these cases were felonies.
“It is unreasonable to suggest that any attorney general reviews each pleading filed in court for the state; he or she relies on experienced prosecutors to file these documents,” Mills said.
The issue isn’t new. Lower-48 blogger Charles Johnson, a friend of Mead Treadwell’s who lost to Sullivan in the primary, wrote an error ridden story for Brietbart.com about the incident. Although Johnson continued to tweet about the case, Treadwell didn’t use it during his campaign.
Here are the ads:
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